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Chicken Braised with Pancetta and Tomatoes

One-pan chicken dinner, chicken thighs braised in wine, pancetta and tomatoes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword braised chicken, pancetta, tomato braised chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 537kcal
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird


  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on (or drumsticks, or combination)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ pound pancetta, diced or coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups diced onions (2 onions)
  • ¾ cup diced carrot (1 carrot)
  • ½ cup diced celery (1 rib)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups chopped canned tomatoes and their juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley


  • Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add chicken, skin-side down, and brown well, then turn over and brown other side, about 10 minutes total. Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and add the pancetta. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the diced onions and cook until softened, scraping up any browned bits. If the bits aren't coming up or seem to be burning, pour in a little water to help deglaze the pan, a little water will do the trick. Onions should take about 2 minutes. Next, add the carrots and celery, cook until softened, another 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the red wine and let it reduce by one third, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf and rosemary, and cook briefly. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
  • Nestle the chicken pieces back in the pan, spooning a little, sauce over the chicken pieces, cover and cook over medium-low heat until chicken is tender and beginning to pull away from the bone, about 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


Serve this with crusty bread and a green salad.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3040IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg