The Best Chicken Dish You've Never Heard Of...
If you're looking to make a meal that is rich in flavor, and can be finished in about an hour, chicken pizzaiola is your dish. Chicken cutlets are lightly seared and then stewed until tender in a sauce made from sweet bell peppers, earthy mushrooms, garlic, oregano, tomato, and white wine. Topped with fresh basil, this dish is best served alongside pasta, but can also be used to make a mean chicken pizzaiola sub, hero, or sandwich.
- 2 pounds chicken cutlets thin sliced and cut into 5" pieces
- 1 28 ounce can San Marzano plum tomatoes hand crushed or blender pulsed
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- ½ cup dry white wine optional
- 1 cup flour for dredging, you will not use it all
- 1 pound baby Bella mushrooms sliced
- 2 large red bell peppers sliced
- 6 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 ½ teaspoons dry oregano plus more to taste
- ¼ cup fresh basil torn to finish
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for finishing
- Pound out the chicken (or use storebought thin sliced cutlets), cut into 5” pieces, and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the chicken in flour and shake off excess.
- Heat a large pan to medium heat and wait 2 minutes. Once the pan is hot, add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sear the chicken on both sides (about 2 minutes per side). Work in batches. Use more olive oil as required. Set all the cooked chicken aside and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Next, add in the mushrooms and cook until they release their water and brown (about 5-7 minutes). Place the mushrooms on a plate and set aside.
- Next, add the peppers to the pan. Cook them until soft (about 10 minutes), then add in the garlic and cook for a few minutes more until the garlic turns lightly golden. If using the wine, add it now and cook the alcohol out for a few minutes. With a wooden spoon scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
- Add in the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes with the peppers and garlic stirring frequently. Add in the plum tomatoes, oregano, and mushrooms, and bring the sauce to a simmer. If the sauce is too thick add a bit of water (4-6 ounces or so) and stir together.
- Taste test the sauce and adjust salt, pepper, and oregano to taste. When satisfied with the taste return the chicken to the pan and cook for a few more minutes to warm it through.
- Turn off the heat and add in the basil and a hefty drizzle of high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty Italian bread to mop up the sauce. Enjoy!
- Use thinly sliced cutlets and if possible pound the chicken flat to approximately a ¼ to ⅜" thick. Using chicken with a uniform thickness will allow a more even cooking process.
- You do not need to use all of the flour. The flour is for dredging. Dredging means you coat the chicken on all sides with flour and shake off the excess.
- Dried oregano, preferably Sicilian oregano makes the dish taste like a pizza sauce.
- Dry white wines to use include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay. The wine is optional.
- Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop on medium-low heat until warmed through.