Chicken Alla Calabrese – Gluten-Free

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Calabrese sauce originates in southern Italy and gives this chicken dish exceptional flavour. The chicken is layered with ham, tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and is smothered in a delicious red pepper sauce then baked to perfection. Serve it up with gluten-free pasta, parsley rice or mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 8 organic chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 organic red peppers, remove seeds, core and cut to large pieces
  • 1 large organic tomato quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp. organic, gluten-free dried rosemary or 1 tsp. fresh
  • ¼ tsp. organic, gluten-free cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh organic basil leaves
  • 1 cup of cream or full fat coconut milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 8 thin slices of gluten-free ham
  • 8 oz. organic cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 slices buffalo mozzarella
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Season chicken with salt
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in an ovenproof pot, add chicken and brown on all sides, then set aside.
  • Combine remainder of olive oil shallots, red peppers, tomato, garlic, cayenne and basil leaves in a blender and process for 1 minute.
  • Add coconut milk and pulse until all ingredients are well combined. Taste and season with salt
  • Layer ham, tomato and cheese on top of chicken and cover with sauce.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with fresh basil.


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