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Recipe Review: Pot Roasted Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

Poulet à la Corse

I love when I get my hands on a new cookbook to see what recipes jump out at me and there were so many in Françoise Bernard’s La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking.  One I’d been dying to try was Poulet à la Corse or pot roasted chicken with olives and tomatoes to you and me.

This is an amazingly simple pot-roasted dish that is full of strong flavours that immediately appeal to the palette.  The addition of olives in so many recipes intrigued me since this is not something I’m used to at all as we don’t have a great olive culture here in Ireland, and certainly not cooking them!! Persuading Hubbie was going to be a challenge as he hates olives.  I mean he really HATES olives!

The recipe calls for a whole chicken, butter, pancetta, cognac, olives, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes.  The chicken browned beautifully in the butter, something I hadn’t managed to this degree before when using oil. I didn’t have cognac unfortunately and substituted the pancetta with my new favourite, maple bacon.  The green olives are rinsed and then cooked in water for 1 to 2 minutes to remove the saltiness.  I as usual got distracted and cooked them for longer.  Even so, I found they were still salty {I might try a different brand the next time as I think this was the problem}.  Still, the finished dish was absolutely delicious, perfect for cooler evenings.  It’s a lovely substantial meal that doesn’t take forever to make and will become one of my go-to recipes for after school dinners.  Best of all, Hubbie cleaned his plate stopping short of licking it and even ate a couple of the olives.

Poulet à la Corse

La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking by Françoise Bernard is available from Hodges Figgis {or Waterstones!}, Amazon and all good bookshops.


Xx Paula

4 comments on “Recipe Review: Pot Roasted Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

  1. bakedbyiris
    September 5, 2013

    Looks so good, am a huge fan of olives. Think I will fall in love with this dish.

    • Thanks Iris! I have to say I never ever thought of cooking olives! You must get the book!! There’s others in it for olives with beef, chicken pot pie, duck. I’m getting hungry here now looking through the book and it’s time for lunch! Somehow a ham sandwich will no longer cut the mustard …

  2. Lorna
    September 5, 2013

    It does look scrummy. Have to admit I’m not a fan of olives either 🙂

    • Thanks Lorna! Tinned olives are absolutely downright awful. I remember when I started really eating them, I ate the herbed kalamata ones from the Real Olive Company. I convinced myself that 10 tastes would have me liking them {I use the same ploy on getting the kids to try new food}! I have to say it worked for me. I LOVE them now. I wish the ploy would work with my youngest though… 😦

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