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Chicken alla Puttanesca

Chicken alla Puttanesca

Chicken alla Puttanesca Recipe

A take on the classic puttanesca sauce, spooned over chicken and baked, creating a deliciously tangy and hearty meal in no time.

Most people know the story of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, about a tomato-based savory sauce that the “ladies of the evening” could prepare very quickly, or literally translated to “spaghetti of the whore.” It is a very popular, delicious and quick sauce to make, with just a few quick-cooking ingredients you can serve it over pasta in a matter of minutes.

With this recipe, I decided to make this simple sauce, but instead of tossing it with spaghetti, I topped oven-roasted chicken pieces with this tangy sauce, to make it a new entrée that can be served as an easy, flavorful and healthy chicken dinner.

Buon Appetito!

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Step by Step Guide to Making Chicken alla Puttanesca


Preparing the Chicken

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Brown the Chicken: In a large cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil and smashed garlic over medium-high heat. Place chicken pieces skin side down and brown for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Skillet: Discard excess oil from the skillet, leaving only a small amount for cooking.

Making the Puttanesca Sauce

  1. Sauté Garlic: Add fresh olive oil to the skillet and sauté quartered garlic until translucent.
  2. Add Sauce Ingredients: Stir in sliced olives, capers, half of the torn basil, and oregano. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add Tomatoes: Incorporate diced tomatoes, cooking for 3 minutes. Season with salt and chili flakes.
  4. Combine Chicken and Sauce: Return chicken to the skillet, spooning sauce over the pieces. Add chicken stock and cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake: Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is tender and cooked through.

Final Steps

  1. Garnish and Serve: Remove from the oven and garnish with the remaining fresh basil leaves. Serve hot, ideally with a side of pasta or bread.

Recipe Notes

  • Browning the Chicken: Ensure chicken is well-browned for enhanced flavor.
  • Garlic Caution: Be careful not to burn the garlic while sautéing.
  • Sauce Consistency: Adjust the seasoning and consistency of the sauce to taste.
  • Fresh Basil: Adding fresh basil at the end maintains its vibrant flavor.
  • Serving Suggestion: Complement the dish with pasta, polenta, or crusty bread.

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Chicken alla Puttanesca Recipe

Chicken alla Puttanesca Recipe


  • Author: Francesco Romano
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

A take on the classic puttanesca sauce, spooned over chicken and baked, creating a deliciously tangy and hearty meal in no time.


Ingredients

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For the Chicken:

  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

For the Puttanesca Sauce:

  • 28 oz canned San Marzano diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

Preparing the Chicken

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Brown the Chicken: In a large cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil and smashed garlic over medium-high heat. Place chicken pieces skin side down and brown for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Skillet: Discard excess oil from the skillet, leaving only a small amount for cooking.

Making the Puttanesca Sauce

  1. Sauté Garlic: Add fresh olive oil to the skillet and sauté quartered garlic until translucent.
  2. Add Sauce Ingredients: Stir in sliced olives, capers, half of the torn basil, and oregano. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add Tomatoes: Incorporate diced tomatoes, cooking for 3 minutes. Season with salt and chili flakes.
  4. Combine Chicken and Sauce: Return chicken to the skillet, spooning sauce over the pieces. Add chicken stock and cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake: Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is tender and cooked through.

Final Steps

  1. Garnish and Serve: Remove from the oven and garnish with the remaining fresh basil leaves. Serve hot, ideally with a side of pasta or bread.

Notes

  • Browning the Chicken: Ensure chicken is well-browned for enhanced flavor.
  • Garlic Caution: Be careful not to burn the garlic while sautéing.
  • Sauce Consistency: Adjust the seasoning and consistency of the sauce to taste.
  • Fresh Basil: Adding fresh basil at the end maintains its vibrant flavor.
  • Serving Suggestion: Complement the dish with pasta, polenta, or crusty bread.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 70 mins
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

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