Chicken Lonac Recipe from Croatia with Sauterne Wine and Tomato Sauce

Chicken Lonac

Chicken Lonac Recipe from Croatia with Sauterne Wine and Tomato Sauce
Region / culture: Croatia | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 2.5-3 hours | Servings: 6-8


Chicken Lonac
Chicken Lonac

Chicken Lonac is a traditional Croatian dish that is hearty, flavorful, and perfect for feeding a crowd. This one-pot meal is easy to prepare and is sure to become a family favorite.


Chicken Lonac has been a staple in Croatian cuisine for generations. It is a dish that is often prepared for special occasions and family gatherings. The name "Lonac" refers to the pot in which the dish is cooked, which is typically a large, heavy pot with a lid.


How to prepare

  1. Layer the ingredients as desired.
  2. However, start by placing the chicken at the bottom.
  3. Season the dish to taste.
  4. Pour the wine and tomato sauce over all the ingredients.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and then add the lid.
  6. Cook the dish over low heat for 2.5 to 3 hours.


  • Add additional vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms.
  • Use different cuts of chicken or even substitute with pork or beef.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to layer the ingredients in the pot as directed to ensure even cooking.

- Season the dish generously with pepper for added flavor.

- Cooking the dish over low heat for a few hours allows the flavors to meld together and the chicken to become tender.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Lonac is traditionally served with crusty bread or over cooked rice.

Cooking Techniques

Chicken Lonac is cooked slowly over low heat to allow the flavors to develop and the chicken to become tender.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use olive oil instead of butter for a healthier option.

- Substitute white wine for sauterne wine if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

Chicken Lonac can be prepared ahead of time and reheated before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chicken Lonac in the pot it was cooked in for a rustic presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chicken Lonac pairs well with a crisp green salad and a glass of white wine.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Lonac contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Lonac contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Lonac contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chicken Lonac contains approximately 30 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Lonac is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and potassium.


Chicken Lonac contains dairy (butter) and may contain gluten if served with bread.


Chicken Lonac is a well-balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Lonac is a delicious and comforting dish that is perfect for feeding a crowd. With its simple preparation and hearty flavors, it is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the first time I saw this recipe for Chicken Lonac. It was a warm summer day in the small village where I grew up. I was just a young girl, eager to learn everything I could about cooking from my mother and grandmother.

One day, my grandmother invited me into her kitchen to help her prepare a special meal for our family. She had a twinkle in her eye as she pulled out an old, tattered cookbook from the shelf. The pages were yellowed with age, and the handwritten notes in the margins showed just how loved and well-used this cookbook was.

As she flipped through the pages, she came across a recipe for Chicken Lonac. The name alone intrigued me – it sounded exotic and delicious. My grandmother explained that it was a traditional Croatian dish that had been passed down through generations in our family.

She began to gather the ingredients – chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions, and a variety of herbs and spices. I watched in awe as she expertly chopped and diced, her hands moving with a grace and precision that only comes with years of practice.

As the ingredients simmered in the pot, filling the kitchen with a mouth-watering aroma, my grandmother began to tell me the story of how she had learned to make Chicken Lonac.

She explained that when she was a young woman, she had traveled to Croatia to visit family. While she was there, she had the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with her aunt, who was known for her culinary skills.

Her aunt had taught her the traditional method of making Chicken Lonac, sharing tips and tricks that had been passed down through generations. My grandmother had watched in awe as her aunt effortlessly prepared the dish, each step executed with a level of expertise that could only come from years of experience.

When my grandmother returned home, she was determined to recreate the dish for her own family. She had poured over the notes she had taken during her time in Croatia, studying the recipe and practicing until she had mastered it.

And master it she did. The Chicken Lonac she made that day was a masterpiece – tender pieces of chicken simmered in a rich broth with hearty vegetables and fragrant herbs. The flavors were complex and comforting, a true taste of home.

As my family gathered around the table to enjoy the meal, I watched as my grandmother's face lit up with pride. She had created something truly special, a dish that had the power to bring us all together and evoke memories of a faraway land.

And as I sat there, savoring each bite of Chicken Lonac, I knew that this recipe would become a cherished part of our family's culinary tradition. Just like my grandmother had learned from her aunt, I had learned from her – passing down the knowledge and love of cooking to future generations.

And so, every time I make Chicken Lonac, I think of my grandmother and the love and care she poured into each and every dish. It is a reminder of the power of food to bring us together, to connect us to our roots, and to create lasting memories that will be treasured for years to come.


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