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Chicken Agrodolce

6 chicken drumsticks

6 chicken thighs

2 onions, finely diced

2 celery stalks, finely diced

2 carrots, finely diced

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped

3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

2 tbsp thyme leaves

½ tsp saffron threads

100 gm caster sugar

100 gm sultanas

50 gm pine nuts

75 ml white wine vinegar

500 ml chicken stock

450 ml verjuice

Preheat oven to 180C. 

Heat half oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. 

Add chicken skin-side down in batches and cook, turning once, until browned (5-6 minutes).

Transfer to a large roasting pan. 

Heat remaining oil in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Add vegetables, garlic, chilli, parsley, thyme and saffron. Stir occasionally until just tender (6-8 minutes). Add sugar, sultanas and pine nuts. Stir occasionally until caramelised (12-15 minutes). 

Deglaze pan with vinegar, add stock and verjuice and simmer gently until well flavoured (8-10 minutes).

Season to taste, pour mixture over chicken, cover with foil and braise until chicken is very tender (35-40 minutes). 

Serve warm with sauce spooned over.

I purchased my chicken from Preston's Master Butchers Porirua. Fantastic butchery with exceptionally friendly staff.

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