Easy Chicken Bolognese
5 from 3 votes

Easy Chicken Bolognese

Who says Bolognese has to be made with mince? This Easy Chicken Bolognese, made with chicken thigh, is quick, easy and budget friendly – perfect for busy weeknight evenings.
Recipe Type Main Course
Cuisine British, Fusion, Italian
Keyword Chicken, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 4 people
Calories 472 kcal
Author Eb Gargano


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 100 g lardons/diced bacon (preferably smoked)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed or grated
  • 500 g chicken thigh
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml chicken stock (or 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in 200 ml water)
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1 sprig of thyme (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve...

  • Linguine or your choice of pasta shape
  • Grated parmesan (or cheddar)


  1. Place the oil and diced onions in a medium to large saucepan and cook over a low heat, with the lid on for 3 minutes, to soften the onions. Stir occasionally
  2. Turn the heat up and add the lardons/diced bacon. Fry for 2 minutes, stirring regularly, until the lardons and onions are lightly browned.
  3. Turn the heat back down and add the garlic. Fry for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken, tomatoes, stock and herbs, plus salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, then turn down low and simmer for 20 minutes, without a lid, until the chicken is tender, and the sauce reduced.
  5. Remove the chicken onto a place and quickly shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the sauce and simmer for another couple of minutes.
  6. Serve with your choice of pasta shape and sprinkled with parmesan (or cheddar if you prefer).


Suitable for freezing.

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 691mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.