Tomato and basil chicken with creamy polenta

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8 servings Prep: 45 mins, Cooking: 1 hr
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Entertain family and friends with Mediterranean flair.

By Food24 January 06 2016
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Ingredients (18)

250 g bacon — streaky rashers, quartered
8 chicken — thighs
8 chicken — drumsticks
4-5 leeks — sliced
4 garlic — cloves, slivered
250 ml stock — chicken
1 tomato purée
2 bay leaves
15 ml flour — cake
15 ml lemon juice
1 rosa tomatoes — halved
125 ml fresh basil — torn
1 l stock — chicken
250 ml maize meal — fine, polenta
fresh rosemary — sprigs, finely chopped
30 ml butter
parmesan cheese — freshly grated
salad greens — to serve
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Heat a little olive oil and saute the bacon for a few minutes. Remove from the pan, but leave the fat in the pan.

Brown the chicken pieces, a few at a time. Place the cooked pieces into a large roasting tin.

Add the leeks to the saucepan and saute for a minute, then add the garlic. Saute for a further minute or two until the leeks are soft. Add the chicken stock, tomato puree, and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and pour over the chicken pieces. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Mix the flour and lemon juice into the cream and then add a large spoonful of the tomato sauce from the pan to the cream. Stir well, then stir into the tomato mixture in the saucepan. Add the rosa tomatoes and half the basil leaves. Return to the oven and bake for a further 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with the remaining basil. Serve with polenta and salad on the side.

Polenta Heat the prepared stock until it begins to simmer. Whisk in the polenta and then cook, stirring until the mixture begins to simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, simmering gently until the polenta is tender. Stir in the rosemary, butter, and Parmesan cheese to taste. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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