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Skillet Chicken With Tomatoes, Pancetta and Mozzarella

Skillet Chicken With Tomatoes, Pancetta and Mozzarella
Recipe Date:
September 5, 2018
Serving Size:
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
  • 3 1/2 lbs bone-in chicken pieces (we used thighs)
  • 2 tsps kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ozs pancetta, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/4 tsp red papper flakes
  • 1 (28 oz) can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 large basil sprig, plus more chopped for serving
  • 8 ozs bocconcini, halved (or use mozzarella cut into 3/4 inch pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.

In a large oven-proof skillet, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Add chicken to skillet. Sear, turning only occasionally, until well browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon oil.

Add garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes to skillet; fry 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and basil. Cook, breaking up tomatoes with a spatula, until sauce thickens somewhat, about 10 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet. Transfer skillet to oven and cook, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink, about 30 minutes.
Scatter bocconcini or mozzarella pieces over skillet. Adjust oven temperature to broil. Return skillet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes (watch carefully to see that it does not burn). Garnish with pancetta and chopped basil before serving.


Food & Wine Pairing: Red Stitch Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir


Recipe courtesy of NY Times Cooking

Photo credit: Red Stitch Team