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Camping Recipes: Chicken Basque on Rachel Wells Food

Chicken Basque

A delicious one-pot dish perfect for cooking outdoors to feed a crowd of hungry campers

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Rachel Wells


  • 25 g butter
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 red onions peeled and sliced
  • 3 large red peppers quartered lengthways, cored and deseeded
  • 130 g cooking chorizo sausage skinned and cut into 5mm slices
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained
  • 6 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 300 g basmatic rice
  • squeeze tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp hot paprika
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 handful thyme leaves chopped
  • 350 ml chicken stock
  • 180 ml dry white (or red) wine
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • 1-2 handfuls stoned black olives
  • sea salt & freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the butter and 3 tbsp olive oil in a flameproof casserole or large frying pan.
  2. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides, seasoning them with salt and pepper as you go. Don't crowd the pan - fry the chicken in small batches, removing the pieces to kitchen paper as they are done.

  3. Add a little more olive oil to the casserole and fry the onions over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned.
  4. Add the rest of the oil, then the peppers and cook for another 5 minutes.

  5. Add the chorizo, tomatoes and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice, stirring to ensure it is well coated in the oil.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, bay leaves and chopped thyme. Pour in the stock and wine. When the liquid starts to bubble, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer.
  7. Press the rice down into the liquid if it isn't already submerged and place the chicken on top. Add the lemon wedges and olives around the chicken. Cover and cook in the oven for 50 minutes.

  8. The rice should be cooked but still have some bite, and the chicken should have juices that run clear when pierced in the thickest part with a knife. If not, cook for another 5 minutes and check again.

Recipe Notes

  • Save time and energy by using pre-sliced onions
  • Stock cubes travel best for camping