Pollo alla Contadina con Verdure

A chicken dish from the heart of Piermont

Pollo alla Contadina con Verdure An authentic dish from the region of Italy called Piermont. Piermont is surround by the Alps and touches the border of France. Ferrero Rocher,originated from this region. The decadent little chocolate ball wrapped in golden foil, {that we all know and love.} A traditional Sunday lunch in South Africa will be a roast of meats and vegetables. Seeing that we’re visiting Italy soon. I was inspired to cook Pollo alla Contadina con Verdure. In general terms; a slow cooked chicken dish with Brussels sprouts and baby onions. I had a few baby brinjals {eggplants}, and decided to add it to the pot. The following recipe serves 2 people.

Piemonte dish_Ingredients


  • 4 x Chicken pieces (Drum & thighs)
  • 150g x Brussels sprouts
  • 150g x Baby Brinjals
  • 4 x Small Onions
  • Flour (only for coating)
  • 20g x Bacon
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley (Chopped)
  • ½ C x Dry White Wine
  • Beef cube
  • 1 C x Boiling Water
  • 1 C x Polenta


  1. Begin by coating the chicken in plain flour. Also cut the bacon into pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan, add chicken and bacon pieces. Sear for 5 mins.
  3. Pour over the Dry White wine and rosemary. Close the lid & leave to evaporate.
  4. After a few minutes; add 1 x cup boiling water. Stir through and crumble beef cube into the mixture.
  5. Lower heat and leave chicken to cook on a low heat.
  6. Add small onions, brussels sprouts & brinjals. Leave for a further 10-15 minutes to cook on a low heat.
  7. Note: Prick vegetables with a fork to feel if it’s cooked through. Otherwise leave for a few more minutes to cook.
  8. Before serving add fresh chopped parsley.
Cooked Polenta
Cooked Polenta
Boiling ingredients
Boiling ingredients

I served it over soft, warm Polenta. Tradition Italian yellow cornmeal, cooked in water or stock. If you’re in South Africa, you can find Polenta at Woolworths or the odd little shops. 🙂

Buon appetito!

Pollo alla Contadina con Verdure
Pollo alla Contadina con Verdure

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