Chicken Basquaise! Can AI Cook?

Here, below, is a recipe for Chicken Basquaise generated by ChatGPT. This is such a great gourmet dish! Could a physical AI unit pull-this-off? Are we there yet? Who knows? If anybody out there develops an AI unit that can prepare this, please reach out to me. I’ve got a restaurant idea! 🙂

“Chicken Basquaise is a traditional French Basque dish that features tender chicken cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and a touch of spices. It’s a flavorful and comforting meal that pairs well with rice, pasta, or crusty bread. Here’s a classic recipe for Chicken Basquaise:


  • 4 chicken thighs (bone-in and skin-on)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (bone-in and skin-on)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Season the chicken thighs and drumsticks with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown them on all sides until golden. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until it becomes translucent. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for another minute.
  4. Add the sliced bell peppers to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften.
  5. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, dried thyme, dried oregano, and the bay leaf. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth and, if using, the dry white wine. Stir to incorporate the liquids into the mixture.
  7. Return the browned chicken pieces to the skillet, nestling them into the vegetable mixture.
  8. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it cook for about 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  9. Once the chicken is fully cooked, taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  10. Garnish the Chicken Basquaise with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Serve the Chicken Basquaise with your choice of accompaniment, such as rice, pasta, or crusty bread. Enjoy this delightful and flavorful French dish!”