Pizza Chicken

  • Cook Time: 45min
  • Persons: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Ingredients
  • 3 to 3-1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks)
  • 5 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • Pinch of red chile flakes
  • 1 pint ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1 large sprig fresh basil, plus additional, for serving
  • 7 to 8 ounces bocconcini, halved or quartered, depending on the size of the balls OR fresh mozzarella, cubedKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil, as needed
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  3. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the diced pancetta and cook until crispy, about 3 to 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pancetta. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the fat in the pan.
  5. Add the chicken pieces, skin-side-down, and sear the pieces until browned, turning occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat.
  6. Add the garlic, anchovies, capers, and chile flakes and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and basil sprig; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes break down and the sauce thickens, about 12 to 15 minutes. Break the tomatoes up with the back of your spoon as they cook to release their juices.
  7. Return the chicken to the skillet, nestling the pieces into the tomato sauce. Scatter the cherry tomatoes over top. Place the skillet in the oven and cook until the chicken is cooked through and registers 160°in the breast and 170° in the thighs and drumsticks, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the mozzarella pieces and pancetta around the top of the chicken.
  8. Preheat the broiler to high. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Garnish with torn fresh basil leaves and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.