Here’s another pick from our wonderful Lori .P. She’s highly recommending this recipe and says she makes it every night for her and her family because it’s to die for! So check it out and let us know what you think by commenting below and sharing on Facebook.
Skillet Chicken Pizza
- 1 ½ pounds bone-in chicken thighs (or other bone-in chicken pieces)
- 2 strips thick-cut bacon (or pancetta), cut in pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons capers, drained – these are dried flower buds – they give a nice salty taste!
- ¼ teaspoon red chile flakes (use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
- 14 ounces canned whole plum tomatoes – I use a 28oz can
- 2 pints fresh cherry tomatoes – I have used fresh field and roma tomatoes too!
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus 1 large sprig of basil
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. I use a heavy skillet and put it on the BBQ instead of the oven
- Add the chopped bacon (or pancetta) to a large oven-proof skillet (I used a 10″ for a two-person meal) and cook over medium-high heat until crisp and golden brown. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate.
- If the pan is a little dry, add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes — they should be well-browned on all sides but not cooked through. Transfer the chicken thighs to the plate with the bacon. (Don’t drain the pan at any point!)
- Add the garlic, capers, and chile flakes to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes, the large sprig of basil, and the oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the tomatoes break down and the sauce thickens a bit. It helps to smash the tomatoes a bit with the back of a spatula or spoon as they cook.
- Add the bacon and chicken thighs back to the pan, and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
- Remove the skillet from the oven. Turn the broiler on high. Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and sprinkle them over the top of the skillet. Place the skillet under the broiler for about 2 minutes — watch carefully! Take it out as soon as the cheese bubbles and browns.
- Sprinkle the chopped fresh basil over the skillet. Serve over baby spinach or other greens.