Polio Orvietano

Orvieto Chicken

Preparation info

  • 4–6

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

By Alastair Little

Published 1996

  • About

Undoubtedly (at least to me) one of the greatest chicken dishes of the world. You should only attempt this if you can get copious quantities of leaf or feather fennel (all you herb gardeners). Bronze fennel will do.


  • 1 × 1.5–2 kg free-range or cornfed chicken
  • good olive oil
  • 500 g


The stuffing takes a minimum of an hour, including cooling time, and is best done in advance. Put 4 tbsp olive oil to heat over a medium flame in a frying pan, add the livers and stir until coloured. Then add the diced potatoes, and cook until they are tender (you may need to add more oil, as the po