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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Serve this with crusty bread and a green salad.

Nutrition

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