Giada’s Roman Style Chicken
The Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi fountain, the Spanish steps, are synonymous with Italy, and in particular Rome. Roma (in Italian) is in the region of Lazio, on the Western coast in central Italy, and it renowned for its history, culture, architecture and most of all, it’s food! Roman food has its own distinct quality with garlic, parsley, rosemary and black pepper prevalent in many of their dishes.
This recipe by Giada De Laurentiis, one of the great television cooks on food tv, is a great tribute to Roman style cooking. In Giada’s new book Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes she makes tried and true Italian recipes and makes them so simple to make, you’ll LOVE cooking Italian!! Her Roman Style Chicken is an example of the ease of her dishes.
A great chicken with classical taste. A true winner!!
- 4 skinless chicken breast halves, with ribs
- 2 skinless chicken thighs, with bones
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 3 ounces prosciutto, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a heavy, large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Keeping the same pan over medium heat, add the peppers and prosciutto and cook until the peppers have browned and the prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes.
If serving immediately, add the capers and the parsley. Stir to combine and serve. If making ahead of time, transfer the chicken and sauce to a storage container, cool, and refrigerate. The next day, reheat the chicken to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the capers and the parsley and serve.