Simple Tuscan Style Chicken;

This Simple Tuscan Style chicken recipe is a simple no fuss recipe which can be prepared, cooked and ready to serve in less than 60 minutes;  for this preparation I have used Chicken breast; alternatively you could use chicken pieces on the bone which would require a longer cooking time in the oven of at least 50-60 minutes. During the spring/summer season I like to cook this style of chicken on the bbq using a whole butterflied chicken; cooked skin side down on an open flame under the heavy weight of a brick to keep the chicken flat and the skin crispy ( Pollo al Mattone);

best served with simple green garden salad and pan fried potatoes for a simple Tuscan style lunch or dinner;

Serves 5;


5 Chicken breast fillets with skin on

Fresh Rosemary

Dry or fresh chilli

2 cloves garlic


1/4 – 1/2 cup of Olive Oil for frying

Optional Ingredients;

5 medium potatoes

For Simple Salad (Lettuce, Salad Onion, Extra Virgin Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Salt)


Coarsely chop the garlic;

place chicken breasts in a large tray skin side up;

season with salt, pepper, chili, garlic & rosemary (see picture below);

drizzle with extra virgin olive oil be generous;


for this preparation you could prepare your chicken in advance and leave to marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge, however this step is optional, the chicken can be cooked immediately especially if you time limited;

Turn your oven on high 200c; fan forced 190c to pre-heat;


add the olive oil to a 30cm fry pan and put over high heat;

add the chicken to the hot oil skin side down; cook till the chicken has well browned;


turn the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes on high heat;

browning and sealing both sides of the chicken (set the oil in the pan aside to cook the optional potatoes);

line a medium size baking tray with baking paper;

transfer the cooked chicken to a baking tray; skin side up;

put the baking tray in middle of the oven;

cook for around 25-30 minutes;


In the meantime prepare some pan fried potatoes and a simple lettuce salad;

potato cooking tip;

peel and chop the potatoes into wedges; put the potatoes in a

saucepan and cover with cold water; bring to boil; cook for 5 minutes;

drain the potatoes; heat the oil in the fry pan where you cooked the chicken to medium heat; add the well drained potatoes to the hot oil, cook turning often till they are well browned and cooked through.


When the chicken is cooked remove from the oven and slice on a chopping board  (as shown below); Serve with pan fried potatoes, salad and of course your favorite glass of wine;




Buon Apetito;



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