Mother’s Day Recipe

May is here and therefore so is the time to celebrate our mothers and motherly figures. Say “thank you” to your mom this Mother’s Day with a delicious (and easy to prepare) home-cooked meal! Remember, “Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.” —Erich Fromm.

Chicken cacciatore one-pot with orzo

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 55 mins plus resting

Serves 4


2 tbsp olive oil

4-6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

1 onion, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

250ml red wine

2 bay leaves

4 thyme sprigs

2 rosemary sprigs

small bunch of parsley , stalks and leaves separated, finely chopped

2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes

1 chicken stock cube

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp capers (optional)

handful of pitted green olives

300g orzo, rinsed (to keep it from getting too sticky when baked)



Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Rub 1 tbsp oil over the chicken and season well, then put skin-side up in an ovenproof casserole dish or roasting tin and bake for 20-25 mins until crisp and golden, but not cooked all the way though. Remove from the dish and put on a plate.


Add the remaining oil to the dish, mixing it with the chicken fat. Tip in the onion and garlic, then bake for 5-8 mins until the onion is tender.


Pour in the wine, stirring it with the onions, then leave to evaporate slightly in the residual heat before adding the bay, thyme, rosemary, parsley stalks and tomatoes. Dissolve the stock cube in 300ml boiling water and pour this in, then add the vinegar, capers, if using, olives and orzo. Stir well and season.


Nestle the chicken back in the pan, skin-side up, and roast for 20 mins until the sauce is thickened, the orzo is tender and the meat is cooked through. Give it a stir, then leave for 10 mins for the orzo to absorb the excess liquid. Scatter over the parsley leaves to serve.

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