2 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken breasts, skin on
115g/4 oz smoked streaky bacon, chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
12 new potatoes, washed
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
900ml/1 pint 12fl oz chicken or vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Place a large casserole dish over a high heat on the hob, add the olive oil and when hot, add the chicken to the dish. Cook, turning occasionally, until brown all over. Remove from the dish and set aside.
Add the bacon to the casserole dish and fry for a 2-3 minutes, until golden.
Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, potatoes, thyme and bay leaves.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes, add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
Add the chicken stock and return the chicken to the casserole dish. Bring to the boil, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then put the lid on the casserole. Transfer to the oven to cook for one hour, or until the chicken is tender and completely cooked through.
To serve, remove and carve the chicken breasts on the diagonal. Spoon the vegetables and broth into bowls and top with the sliced chicken.
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