Varna Chicken

This is a really tasty and healthy dish originating from Bulgaria.  It’s super quick and requires few dishes so the washing up is limited!  The chicken is smothered in a rich, herby sauce.  Serve the chicken with rice to mop up all the wonderful juices.

Varna Chicken

Varna Chicken

Ingredients (serves 8 people)

1.75kg / 4lb chicken pieces on the bone (thighs, drumsticks etc.)

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

40g butter

3 tbsp vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves

2 white onions

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Basil and thyme leaves to garnish

Freshly cooked white rice to serve

For the sauce

120ml dry sherry

3 tbsp tomato puree

A few fresh basil leaves

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Generous pinch of granulated sugar

1 tsp mild mustard

400g / 1 can of chopped tomatoes

225g button mushrooms, sliced


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / Gas mark 4

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and thyme

In a large frying pan cook the chicken in the butter and oil

When golden brown, remove the chicken and place in an ovenproof casserole dish


Add the garlic and onion to the frying pan and cook for 3 minutes


For the sauce, mix the sherry, tomato puree, salt, pepper, basil, vinegar and sugar in a bowl

Pour the sauce into the frying pan and bring to the boil


Reduce the heat and add the mushrooms


Cook for 3 minutes

Pour the sauce over the chicken

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes


Serve on a bed of rice, garnished with basil and thyme

Varna Chicken

Varna Chicken

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