Chicken Abruzzese

Chicken Abruzzese combines tender chicken with crispy bacon, herbs and spices, melted cheeses… and a history lesson too! The Abruzzo region of Italy, to the east of Rome with a lovely Adriatic coastline and the Apennine Mountains, is rugged and mountainous with hilltop towns from the medieval and Renaissance periods tucked in and around national parks and nature reserves. From a culinary point-of-view, Abruzzo has a tradition of reliance on rich herbs and local cheeses and eclectic variety, incorporating coastal, mountain, and rural influences, but always using local ingredients; it can truly lay claim to being part of the cucina povera of the Italian Mezzogiorno region; Interestingly, some of the most sought-after saffron in the world comes from Abruzzo. 

Vito’s maternal grandparents emigrated from Vasto, Abruzzo and brought their cooking traditions with them; Chicken Abruzzese is an homage to that cooking, employing simple but hearty ingredients and a rich mix of spices.  Enjoy Chicken Abruzzese with a simple Wilted Arugula Salad, some fresh, crusty bread and a good, dry red wine.

Chicken Abruzzese

Prep Time: 20 minutes, Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes. Serves 2.

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