Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Classic Chicago Chicken Vesuvio

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In the crowded world of Chicago Italian joint chicken dishes, there are always so many to choose from: piccata, marsala, scaloppine al limone, francese, parmigiana, and bocconcini, to name a few staples. And there's usually at least one dish named after a real guy…like Chicken a la Tony Ocean, Al Pimonte Ford Chicken, or Chicken Uncle Gino. But if you order a Chicken Uncle Gino or any namesake chicken, you're basically getting chicken vesuvio, with additional ingredients like crumbled sausage and maybe some freshly chopped parsley. That's why chicken vesuvio is king of the chicken mountain. It really is a lovely dish when done right: bright and zesty while still rich and succulent. Like most roasted chicken dishes, it's best when the skin is nicely rendered and crispy with a fair coating of almost-crunchy dried Italian seasoning. The fresh lemon and white wine give the dish a punch of life. The addition of peas is not exactly traditional, but they really tie the room together with their bursts of sweetness.This dish pairs well with sausage pizza and a big 'ol salad!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. In a large cast-iron skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium heat. Working in batches, sear the chicken pieces, flipping only once, until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove the seared chicken to a plate or sheet pan and set aside.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons oil to the skillet and place the potato wedges cut side down in the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Sear until lightly golden, about 6 minutes, then flip and sear the other cut side for 6 minutes. Remove the potatoes to a plate or sheet pan and set aside.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil and the garlic to the skillet and let the garlic flavor infuse into the oil without the garlic coloring, 30 seconds. Add the thyme, oregano, and wine and bring to a simmer.
  5. Return the potatoes to the skillet in a single layer and top with the chicken, skin side up. Brush the chicken with a little more oil and season with salt. Sprinkle a generous amount of the Italian seasoning all over the tops of the chicken. Roast the chicken and potatoes in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Remove skillet from the oven, add the peas and let them heat through. Let the chicken cool for 10 minutes. Pour the lemon juice over the top and top with the zest and parsley.
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