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Basque chicken recipe

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Servings 8 person(s)
Difficulty level 2 out of 5
Calories Per Serving: 585 kCal (2340 kJ)
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  • 1 chicken (4 lbs or 1.8 kg)
  • 1.5 - 2oz (50g) duck fat + 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups (300g) onions
  • 2.5 lbs (1.2kg) tomatoes
  • 1 thick slice of Bayonne smoked ham (about 9oz/250g)
  • 4 cups (700g) peppers (red and 1 green)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bouquet garni (bundle of herbs): thyme, bay leaf, parsley
  • 1 hot pepper (like Espelette)


  • 1 Dutch Oven
  • 1 frying pan


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces and brown it in a Dutch oven with the fat until the pieces are golden brown, then salt and pepper

  2. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, sauté the chopped onions in oil then the tomatoes, also chopped; salt and pepper and let reduce 30 minutes

  3. Add the following to the chicken: the ham sliced into squares, the chopped peppers (seeded), the Espelette pepper cut into 4 lengthwise (you can leave the seeds), and the thyme, bay leaf, and parsley. Stir, cover and let simmer for 1 hour
  4. When finished add the crushed garlic and the tomato and onion mixture and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered.

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