Nonna Ferrigno’s Chicken Casserole
Nonna Ferrigno’s Chicken Casserole

Nonna Ferrigno’s Chicken Casserole

An easy chicken casserole recipe should be in every cook's repertoire and this Italian-style one will go down well with everyone. Serve it with bread to mop up all the juices

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.

Total Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
2 tbsp of Italian ‘00’ flour
8 chicken thighs, bone & skin on or off, depending on preference
45ml of olive oil
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 red onion, diced
150g of chestnut mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
45ml of white wine vinegar
2 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves finely chopped
1 tsp of fresh oregano
3 fresh bay leaves (or 2 dried)
90ml of cup Italian passata
6 potatoes, peeled & quartered
1 handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
Step 1
Put the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat evenly.
Step 2
Set a flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat, add the olive oil and heat gently. Add the flour-dusted chicken, cook for 8-10 minutes until coloured all over, then remove from the casserole dish.
Step 3
Add more oil to the casserole dish if necessary, then add the celery, carrot, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until lightly golden. Return the chicken to the dish and add the vinegar, herbs, passata, potatoes and 500ml of cold water. Season well with salt and pepper.

Step 4
Simmer gently, covered, for 45 minutes, checking that the casserole is not drying up and stirring it periodically to avoid it catching on the bottom of the dish.

Step 5
Serve the casserole spooned into soup plates, garnished with parsley and accompany with focaccia or crusty bread to mop up the juices – in Italy this is know as fare la scarpetta.

Recipe Courtesy Of Cucina di Amalfi By Ursula Ferrigno, Published By Ryland Peters & Small (£20)

Photography By Nassima Rothacker © Ryland Peters & Small

DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at

Fashion. Beauty. Culture. Life. Home
Delivered to your inbox, daily