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Chicken Skillet Supper

Pollo in Padella
Pollo in Padellais a dish that is requested often at my dinner table. The secret to its great flavor is a simple dry rub of salt, pepper, oregano, celery salt, and red pepper flakes.

Serves four


2 tablespoons pine nuts

1-1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

3 pounds cut up chicken pieces, washed and dried

3 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/3 cup water

1 medium onion, chopped

3 small red skin potatoes, cut in quarters

1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce (See Tomato and Basil Sauce)

1 cup chicken stock or dry white wine

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 pound green beans cut into thirds


Toast the pine nuts in a small non stick sauté pan over medium heat until they are fragrant and lightly browned.Transfer to a dish.

Combine the salt, pepper, oregano, celery salt and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Mix well, then rub it evenly over the chicken pieces.

Heat the oil in a large heavy duty sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

Brown the chicken pieces skin side down a few at a time if necessary. Do not crowd the pan or the chicken will steam instead of brown.  Add the lemon juice and water,cover the pan and simmer 30 minutes, turning the pieces every 10 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and set aside. Add onion and potato to the pan; increase the heat to medium high and sauté3 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth or wine, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Stir in beans and return the chicken to the pan.

Cover and simmer over medium heat about 10 minutes or until beans are tender. Serve with some of the sauce and a sprinkling of pine nuts over the top.

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This recipe is from CiaoItalia Slow and Easy by Mary Ann Esposito, published by St. Martin'sPress in 2007.



  1. yvette's avatar


    I was sick with a cold one day. I saw this receipe and had to try it. I made it the same day and it was excellent. I prefer this over the plain old chicken soup that I had in the cabinet for sick days.
  2. Grace's avatar


    In the episode featuring this recipe, it was not shown to remove the chicken and then cook the onion and the potato and add the beans. Can the potatos cook along with the chicken? I dont see potatos cooking in only 13 minutes.
  3. Paul Lally, Executive producer's avatar

    Paul Lally, Executive producer

    The recipe works either way. If you add the potatoes to the chicken, it takes about 35 minutes for everything to cook.

    If you remove the chicken and increase the heat, you will pre-cook the potatoes nicely, so that by the time you add the chicken back, it only takes about 10 more minutes.

    The choice is yours.

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