Chicken Ragu Recipe with Polenta

My mom always made a really great chicken ragu with polenta. I remember my mouth watering when I tasted her version as a kid. So, I’ve adapted it a bit, with the addition of polenta for a heartier dish.

chicken ragu recipe with polenta

Best Chicken Ragu Recipe with Polenta

Ragu with polenta is a great classic, perhaps even the best, Italian-inspired ragu recipe. It’s so easy to make, and is delicious poured over pasta. It’s also a great make-ahead dish that you can reheat easily at the beginning of the week. at home.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 435 kcal


  • 1 piece whole heritage chicken (about 1.8kg/4lb)
  • 1 head of garlic, skins removed
  • 2 piece red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 piece poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 piece medium onion, chopped
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 2 cups passata
  • 1 big handful of green olives
  • 2 cups polenta
  • 1 quart stock
  • 2 cups parmesan
  • 1 cup butter


  • Ask your butcher to cut the chicken into 8 pieces, lifting the breast from the bone. If you’re making your own stock, hold on to the carcass (and the neck, wing tips and feet if you can get them).
  • To make stock, place the chicken bones and bits in a large pot with the peppercorns and any aging vegetables found in the fridge and cover generously with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for a couple of hours, then strain.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 150C/300F. Place an ovenproof pan or baking tray on the hob, heat the oil, then add the chicken portions and fry till lightly coloured. Add the garlic and peppers, then the onions, and let them soften. Deglaze the pot with white wine, then add the passata and finally the olives. Roast in the oven for about 50 minutes.
  • Bring 950ml (1 quart) stock to the boil. Sprinkle in the polenta and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, keeping it on the move with a wooden spoon. Stir in the parmesan and butter and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve.
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