I recently bought a jar of them at Costco, if that helps. Coming from an Italian family it was very reminiscent of the old style flavors from my youth. She reports that the results were perfect. The recipe worked incredibly well as the pancetta (or bacon) keeps the chicken moist and … Thanks, Lisa! Aside from this caveat, this dish is a total winner. The two things I’d adjust next time are to add less salt (I believe half the amount would be perfect) and allow the chicken more time in the oven so that the skin gets a better color. Small potatoes roasted to a crisp would be a nice side dish. I doubled the recipe and cooked 6 thighs per each of 4 disposable pans. But feel free to substitute another mild olive! Sadie, you should be a food writer! It positively explodes with flavor—the briny olives, crisp pancetta, soft roasted garlic, crunchy chicken, and the white wine and drippings pan sauce that makes itself. Preheat the oven to 450°. Thanks for sharing your additions, as well! Seriously. and baby garden potatoes and carrots we served with it. Really love capers. Chicken Salad with Pancetta & Olives This chicken salad recipe is the perfect summertime light bite. Just amazing, this is now our go-to dish when we have company, and everyone raves about it afterwards. For me, about 1/2 a tablespoon of salt was perfect. How to make Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Garlic and Pancetta – step by step Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet pan on a medium heat, add the … That being said, I would love to serve this to company, but I don't want to stand at the stove for the good part of an hour with my back to the audience.. Then separate the drumsticks from the thighs. I served it with a side dish of couscous but rice and a green salad would also be nice. Arrange the chicken pieces, skin side up, in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. I spent about 20 minutes prepping the chicken thighs, getting rid of things like excess fat. Scatter the pancetta and garlic cloves on top of and around the chicken. This was a fabulous dish which could easily work for weeknight dinners yet elevated enough to serve guests. Any suggestions for other herbs? I used 12 bone-in, skin-on chicken thigh pieces. Allow to rest for 10 min and … We had a lot of pan juices, which were wonderful spooned over the chicken as well as the rice pilaf that we served alongside it. Did use around a cup and a half of wine, and topped over the thighs as they cooked. However, I have to confess, I have made them at countless different oven temperatures and I have never been able to get them to be as moist as chicken. The only other change I made to the recipe was to grate 6 large cloves of garlic into the oil rub. Given the use of cured olives and pancetta, I found the amount of salt to be a bit heavy-handed—and I like salt. Instead of a sheet pan, I used a shallow granite-ware roasting pan. It eliminated the need to cut up whole chickens, making this dish a speedier weeknight dinner. Not wanting to take anything away from the chicken, I just put together a green salad on the side and toasted semolina bread slices. And yes, for the love of all things good and decent, chicken skin was intended to be savored, not relegated to the trash! Everything—including that salad—sounds inspired. This one will officially be in rotation in our home from now on. The aroma of the chicken, fresh herbs, pancetta, wine, and garlic filled the kitchen. Thanks for your note! Add the chicken to the pan and sprinkle with the thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. All materials used with permission. Thanks. Finely dice 1 onion, 1 stick of celery and half a carrot. I used a big ol’ roasting pan so I could still have real estate for the pancetta, olives and garlic. That was one of those “match made in heaven” pairings. (The salad was a variation of a salad recipe I found here at LC). (you can actually buy it finely diced at Trader Joe's...a real boon) I've made this two or three times and the leftovers are as good as the first night. The prep time at 25 minutes was right on target, but then I do cut up whole chickens all the time. The meat was fall-off-the-bone juicy, tender, and flavorful. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring every so often, until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to the oven for 15 minutes. Could I scale it up for about 30-40 people, use only chicken thighs and legs, and make it the morning of the party? Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat, … Add white wine and roast anothew 15 min, add olives and continue to roast about 8 mis or until chicken is done to 185degrees. Made it tonight, turned out awesome. I made these roasted chicken legs with pancetta and black olives for Sunday night dinner! Turn down the heat if the fond on the bottom of the pan starts to burn. I placed most of the garlic and pancetta on the top of the thighs, as well as throwing some between the pieces of chicken. Hi Judy, if you’re looking for a substitute, bacon will work just fine! I served this with a simple butter lettuce salad with blood orange segments, thinly sliced fennel and onions drizzled with an orange vinegar, grapeseed oil dressing, herb-y roasted new potatoes and asparagus and chunks of thick bread to mop up those pan juices. I halved this recipe and used bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Pretty on the plate and loaded with bold flavors that make your taste buds stand up and take notice—a definite candidate for the TC pantheon. As for Cornish game hens, like you, I love the rather elegant appearance. Could it be served at room temp or simply reheated in large trays? When I was done reading your comment, I felt like ditching our plans for a simple Friday dinner (a creamy pesto and chicken on pasta) for this. I used 8 pounds of bone-in, skin-on thighs and breasts and increased the other ingredients accordingly—and used even more pancetta, olives, and garlic given my personal taste. This dish is superb! We had it with a nice polenta made with chicken broth and thyme and some grated dry Monterey Jack stirred in at the end. I made this for the gang using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs rather than the 2 broken-down chickens called for, as no one in my family is a fan of breast meat (I’ve trained them well.) This worked out well, as the olives tasted great. The use of olives and pancetta provide an unexpected balance. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Thanks so much for your note. Add the chicken and potatoes, and toss well to coat evenly with oil, then add chopped garlic and rosemary. Can’t wait to hear the next recipe you try from the site…. It’s only been three weeks since my dinner party, and I’ve already made it again, and one of my guests asked for the receipe and has already made it, too. Would definitely recommend using the red pepper flakes; the little bit of heat is quite nice in the chicken. I've never done that for company, but like you, I think it's just as good the second night, so yes, go for it! The recipe is easy to prep and cook, and I lined my baking sheet with foil so there was very little cleanup. I served it with tons of fresh bread, including an olive bread, which was perfect for those mega olive lovers! And yes, believe me, I was in a conference room in meetings from 11 am to 6 pm. 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts In a bowl, combine chicken thighs, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 tablespoon olive oil, Aleppo pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. LOL. Simmer for a few minutes, then return chicken thighs and lemon slices to the skillet, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate. The olives add a great tangy, rich saltiness that I enjoyed way more than expected. Arden, your photo looks fantastic!! Two (3 1/2-pound) chickens or rabbits, cut into 10 to 12 pieces*, 1 to 2 teaspoons fine sea salt (or less if using particularly salty olives), 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional), Spanish Olive Oil Tortas ~ Tortas de Aceite. Joey, I can think of no higher praise for a recipe than what you just wrote. This chicken salad recipe is the perfect summertime light bite. 2. This roast chicken with pancetta and olives and garlic from Gourmet magazine is braised in white wine to keep the chicken tender and perfect. Hi Picholine: They’re green with a mild, almost buttery flavor. The chicken came out tender and juicy with a rich, salty flavor. Worked well for me. In a small bowl, whisk together olives, garlic, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes and a large pinch of salt. Rub onto chicken and let marinate 1/2 hour 2 preheat oven to 475,place chicken on small sheet pan place pancetta and garlic cloves on chicken pieces. It took only about 20 minutes to prepare and after 1 1/2 hours in the oven the chicken was tender, juicy, flavorful, and gorgeous. Accompany crisp Romaine lettuce with delicious fresh ingredients like avocado and tomato, and finish with a drizzle of homemade dressing made from Napolina extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. What an easy and rewarding meal this is! All the flavors of Italy were blended together in this recipe which was delicious. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. First off, I'm so happy to hear that this recipe has found a good home with you! There was no need to turn on the broiler to brown the skin – it was a beautiful golden brown by the time the chicken was done! This is a winner! Add the onion, garlic and pepper and cook until softened, then add back the chicken with the green beans. Season chicken with sea salt and pepper. Any suggestions would be helpful. This is on the menu for this week too! Set timer for last 10 minutes. Used bacon and added with the olives. What are Castelvetrano Olives? Do you prefer info delivered in a neat, easy-to-digest (pun intended) form? We so appreciate you taking the time to share this with us. I ended up leaving it in 7 more minutes prior to adding the wine. Only used thighs, but the flavors were great. We made a sauce from the juice with a little flour and milk to go with it- we didn’t have black olives but used kalamata olives and was great! Great recipe with good suggestions from the Reviews. Should they be Kalamata or ? I love salads. I don’t know, JT, but like I said, awfully considerate of you! 4. But for this recipe, you need the chicken cut into 10 to 12 pieces. I’d consider preparing the chicken with the oil rub up to a day in advance, as I think it’d enhance the flavor. Two birds felt like a lot (even for 8 people), especially when serving it alongside other dishes. This makes the chicken breast pieces closer in size to the thighs and drumsticks to ensure even cooking. Oh, such a simple recipe to make. LOL! Every single person was oohing and aahing…even the little ones. Or you can buy a whole chicken and chop it entirely up yourself, which tends to be less expensive than buying an already may wish to cut the chicken into pieces. It’s the best sort of serendipity. Next time I'd just use lemon juice and skip the lemon slices (or use preserved lemons). I believe the wine will keep the rabbit sufficiently moist, although you could keep an eye on it and if it seems to be drying out, loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Recently I prepared a recipe of new potatoes wrapped in smoked bacon so I thought I could do the same for chicken.. I served this for dinner with friends over the weekend and everyone loved the way the salty pancetta and olives complemented the chicken and herbs. When crisp, it is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Hah. We pretty much made it as-is, although we used canned black olives. Go for it! And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting. The pancetta and garlic cloves that were on top of the chicken got too dried out. Don’t forget to ask him to keep the backbone and neck for you, which can be stashed in the freezer for a future batch of chicken stock. Then tell us. It was delicious. I need to serve a crowd for my son’s graduation party. I used salad olives which are already broken up for you. I had my dish in the oven in about 20 minutes. Let us know what you think. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. This will help to cook... Heat a medium … This delightful roast chicken really was a hit with our family. This definitely lived up to its many 5 star reviews It’s excellent! The flavors of the rub (herbs and spices) came through very well. It was great to be able to pick up the olives and garlic at the olive bar in my grocery store. So glad to hear this kristen! Five stars from all four members of the family, which almost never happens! I also tossed in extra olives and garlic because I love them. I used two 4-pound chickens as the store seemed to have larger ones than normal. Also, I only cut the breast into 4 pieces rather than 6, as the chickens I get from my meat farm share aren’t as huge as the ones found in conventional supermarkets. The result was a great-tasting chicken with crisp skin. Upload a picture of your dish And I agree: This recipe is rustic, juicy, and just wonderful! I divided the recipe in half, making it with 3 pounds chicken thighs, which amounted to 9 thighs. I let the marinated chicken sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes before putting it in the oven. The pancetta did get a little dark while cooking but there was no burnt flavor so it was fine. Finely grate … Place the dish in the oven to roast for 20 minutes, until the thighs are just beginning to brown. I like to serve the chicken over something that soaks up the delicious sauce: couscous, buttered egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or polenta. Leave about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet; discard excess. It lends itself to being a crowd-pleaser. We served a 2008 Nipozzano Riserva (Chianti Rufina) and lots of that bread to soak up the pan juices. ;) May still add the capers, though. They got very crisp and were perfect. I used Kalamatas and replaced the fresh thyme with fresh sage since that’s what I had (and sage is my favorite herb). Many thanks for sharing, and many thanks for your trust and interest in our recipes. I didn’t have any issue with the pancetta getting too crisp or brown. I felt they were perfect, with just the right touch of olive flavor that didn’t overpower the dish but complemented it quite nicely. quick question — Do you think using a roasting pan would change the end result of the chicken as far as crispy skin and color? The sorta anise-y, licorice-y thing going on may work wight the olives…? We had some Caprese salad left to eat with the chicken, as well as the rice pilaf made with whole garlic cloves and pine nuts. Drizzle in the remaining 1/4 … I like the combination of oil and butter.. Add chicken stock and water to the skillet; bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. I added the black olives at the same time I added the wine and eliminated one of the steps. Normally, we would have tried a different variety, but that was what we had on hand. CherieDe, I love all of what you wrote. When I make this again, I’ll serve French bread to slather the soft garlic on. We served this with couscous with pine nuts and grilled asparagus. Enter one of our contests, or share that great thing you made for dinner last night. This is one of the best chicken recipes ever! After chicken has been cooking for 20 minutes, flip chicken again and add pancetta/bacon and whole (pitted) olives. Delicious recipe, made everything exactly as written and served with Israeli cous cous. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook over medium heat until browned on the first side, about 4 to 5 minutes. I would assemble it in the morning then pop it in the oven and serve it piping hot at the party. We liked the juiciness of the thighs and we adored the crisp pancetta and chicken skin and tried to include some with each bite. And then add the fresh parsley right before serving and you should be all set! —EmilyC. Roast until the chicken begins to brown, about 20 minutes. And a simple salad with arugula, Boston lettuce and shaved pears with a dressing of pear-infused white balsamic (a splurge to be sure!) Those that were down between the chicken pieces were great. : ) Try adding lemon zest to the mustard/olive oil rub next time, and then add the juice at the end as you suggested. Good lord, woman! And I’ll make a gravy with the juices. The only thing that is a danger zone is the choice of olives. We’re delighted that you enjoyed it and that it brought back some special memories. This one is no exception. I’d recommend tossing the chicken with the herbs, red pepper flakes (yes, you should use these), and black pepper, then sprinkling each side with a moderate amount of salt when placing it on the rimmed baking sheet. We slathered the bread with the sweet roasted garlic and dunked it in the rich pan juices—oh my! I will. © 2019 All rights reserved. If you’re squeamish about cutting up a chicken, you can always ask your butcher to do this for you. I had to cook the chicken a bit longer for the skin to brown (I ended up moving it up a bit in my oven to be closer to the top heat source). Definite chicken dinner winner! Tossing the pieces with oil, fresh herbs, sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes really harkened me back to the flavors of Tuscany and reminded me of the wondrous yet simple ingredients we so much enjoy there. Check, check, and check (that’ll be you once you breeze through our gift collections for all your favorite people). Roast for 15 minutes. Email the grocery list for this recipe to: Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C) and adjust the oven rack to the center position. I used chicken breasts with skin and bone and asked my butcher to cut each into 3 pieces. Since it was as good the second night, would you recommend making ahead and reheating? Serve warm. Remove the dish from the oven and pour the wine around (not on top of) the chicken. I also used chicken thighs rather than a whole chicken. Or if you decide to leave it out, I’d sauté the chicken in both olive oil and butter (about a tablespoon of each) for more flavor. This was awesome. I like that this recipe uses a lot of ingredients that might already be in your pantry (salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, wine) and it does come together fairly quickly. And yes to white wine for the pan sauce if you have some handy! That was perfect. We also had some fresh haricot verts that were mixed with corn fresh off the cob. Next time! I’m the cook of the house and very rarely does my reserved brother say anything at dinner but he was raving about these! 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