Sunday, August 8, 2010

Giada's Roman Style Chicken

Summer is winding down and I finally have a moment to share a tasty recipe with you all. This was a part of my "3 Days of Food Network" series but I never quite made it to this recipe. Anyhow, this dish is delicious and healthy. We eat alot of chicken in our house and I am always searching for ways to spruce it up and make it more interesting(spices, oils and the occasional chicken sculpture are avenues I travel). My philosophy is this: Food should be delicious, healthy and fun. The more colorful a dish is, the better I like making it and eating it. Giada's chicken is a great way to take chicken and give it a kick in the pants. The peppers give it color and spice, not to mention how yummy they are. So, if you're bored making your traditional chicken cutlet meals, give this one a try!

Giada's Roman-style Chicken from

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 ( I subbed 3 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and 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.

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