Things I have been cooking lately #106: Italian chicken bake

During the week I really like recipes that are easy. Most of nights by the time I have gotten home from the gym it’s late and I’m tired and hungry and something I can just chuck in the oven is ideal. This recipe definitely fits the bill. It requires minimal prep, everything gets cooked in one dish and it’s really, really tasty.

Italian chicken bake

Adapted from BBC Good Food

1 red chilli
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves
8 skinless chicken thighs
500g new potatoes
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
140g cubetti di pancetta (or smoked bacon lardons)
400g plum tomatoes (either full size or baby but if you go for the big ones, quarter them)

Preheat your oven to 200 C.

If you don’t like your food too spicy, cut open your chilli and scrape out the seeds. Otherwise put the chilli in your blender with the tomato paste, olive oil and garlic cloves and process to a paste.

Place the chicken thighs in a baking tray big enough to hold them and the potatoes in a single layer. Spread the paste over the chicken thighs, add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper and then mix everything together well with your hands. Sprinkle over the thyme and roast for 30 minutes.

Stir in the pancetta and return to the over for 15 more minutes. Then add the tomatoes and return to the oven for a final 15 minutes.

Serve straight from the pan with green salad and crusty bread if you like.

Serves 4 – 6



  1. I’ve got to hand it to you Abbi, you always cook the things that look so delicious.

    1. Abbi

      Aww thanks! I really enjoy cooking but I like easy recipes that look impressive so everything I blog should be simple to get onto your own plate! 🙂

      1. I’m not the best cook, but I may have to try some of these recipes out myself.

  2. I like it all in one pan. Sounds delicious 🙂

    1. Abbi

      It’s got loads of flavour and not very much to wash up!

  3. I love skillet dinners or throw everything into a baking dish and bake. I use my crock pot all the time, too.

    1. Abbi

      Me too! I like all the flavours to mix together. My crockpot is one of the best things I ever bought.

      1. Have you tried a Quesadillas maker? There’s a simple great way to make a hot meal super super fast. 🙂

  4. This looks really good–we may have to try it!

    1. Abbi

      Let me know how it goes!

  5. I want to move to the UK just so I can eat at your house every day!

    1. Abbi

      I would love that!

      1. I’m showing up unannounced, FYI.

        1. Abbi


  6. Now I am starving… for something delicious. Something like you made. ARGH!

    1. Abbi

      You could easily make this!

      1. Hmmmm… one of these days I will pick a recipe from your trove and give it a shot!

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