You keep being bothered by the thought of having more Italian chicken recipes. I don’t blame you for being head over heels for this specific territory. After all, how many people can actually resist the delicacy of Italian cuisine’s herbal aroma, sharp flavors, and vivid look?
In this list, I will give you all the Italian culinary specialties that you have to try at least once in your life. Osso Buco of Lombard, Chicken Milanese from Milan city, Muffaletta sandwich with the sesame bread from the Sicily region, and more are what you will see.
Therefore, are you ready for this “tour de Italy” with this quality list of delectable chicken recipes from Italian cuisine?
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You can recognize how creative and skillful the Italians are in this list. They invented numerous ways to enjoy chicken with flavorful chicken soups and tender grilled chicken. And let’s start this journey.
Total time: About 35 minutes.
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One of the best sub-branch of Italian cooking is Italian-American cuisine. This world-famous food culture was born after the Italians moved to the USA in the late 19th century. The cooking is under the heavy influence of Southern Italian cuisine.
Chicken Scarpariello has another name, shoemaker chicken, since “scarpariello” means “shoemaker-style” in Italian. The dish is a signature for the contribution of sautéed chicken, Italian sweet sausages, aromatic condiments, and herbal elements.
You can make this dish by sauteing these ingredients: seasoned chicken, sausages, veggies, and the other condiments. After all the ingredients turn fragrant and brown, you add chicken broth, butter, and lemon juice to the skillet.
The last step is to return the chicken and sausage to the pan and let them simmer with the broth for 2-3 minutes. You can have this dish with pasta and garnish the plate with grated cheese and parsley.
Total time: 30 minutes.
If you commit to digging deeper into the versatile world of Italian recipes, you must learn to make Pesto sauce. This sauce is versatile since it can be salad dressing, marinade, or dipping sauce. You can make Pesto sauce by blending garlic, basil, pignoli (pine nuts), and Parmesan.
The second Italian culinary highlight in this recipe is the contribution of Ciabatta bread. Being an ideal Italian bread proves how tasteful Ciabatta can be. The bread has a mildly sweet taste with a crispy crust and incredibly soft crumbs.
The filling of this recipe is pan-fried chicken. The flavor is simple with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. You also want to toast your cut Ciabatta with the same pan after your chicken is ready.
And when all the components are prepared, you construct the sandwich by spreading the sauce on one slide of the bread. On the other side, you top it with chicken, Mozzarella, tomatoes, and the Pesto slide. After four minutes on the skillet, your sandwich is ready.
Total time: 45 minutes.
The birth name of Parmesan cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano. This name implies the cheese originates in the province of Reggio Emilia. In this recipe, the Parmesan is part of the breadcrumbs and garnish layer of the chicken.
The chicken Parmesan is a notorious dish in Italian-American cuisine because the chicken has a thick coating of bread crumbs mixed with grated Parmesan and other condiments. You need to pouch the chicken firmly before the coating process.
To coat the chicken, prepare a whisked egg and alternatively dunk your chicken in the breadcrumbs and the egg two times. After that, you fry the chicken on the pan at low or medium heat for two minutes for each side.
The last move is to top the chicken with sliced Mozzarella and tomato sauce. You need to spend another 14 minutes baking the chicken. And then layer Parmesan cheese on top with one more minute of baking to melt that Parmesan.
It is important to learn about this fantastic Chicken Parmesan.
Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
This dish is literally a folk dish due to its intrinsic nature. In Italian, “cacciatore” means “hunter”, so the recipe is like a combination of many vegetables found in the jungle. You can make the dish with either chicken or rabbit as the familiar prays of the hunters.
First, prepare many vegetables and herbs. And with the chicken, you chop it into pieces and fry them until golden. After that, toss the other ingredients in the pan except for the tomatoes.
And an Italian stew is so incomplete without red wine, so it’s a must to add this red fermented liquid over the chicken before the tomatoes. After 30 minutes of simmering with a lidded pan, all you have left is to decorate your Cacciatore with parsley.
Total time: 40 minutes.
Here’s another specialty of Italian-American cooking. Piccata in Italian cuisine indicates the cooking technique of thinly slicing the meat. Therefore, the Chicken Piccata is basically a thin piece of chicken that is later deep-fried and served with a special sauce.
The chicken is simple since it only needs some seasonings: pepper and salt. After that, you fry the chickens with butter and olive oil. This process takes you around eight minutes in total. When the chicken turns brown, it’s time to remove it from the skillet.
To make the sauce, drain the leftover oil from the pan and add lemon juice, chicken broth, garlic, and capers to the pan. The sauce delivers a sour and mildly savory taste to buttery chicken. The combination that exists in the Chicken Piccata is surely worth a try.
Total time: 25 minutes.
Caprese denoted a signature Italian salad composed of Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil and dressed with salt and olive oil to the Italians. Later, people invented other Caprese dishes like the Caprese sandwich, which has the filling being Caprese salad.
In the recipe for Caprese Chicken, people keep the same concept with all of these ingredients and add chicken breast to the dish. To make this dish, you season the chicken and then grill it with high heat until it has an internal temperature of 155°F (68°C).
At that moment, it’s the time when the Caprese ingredients come into play. You then put Mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken and bake them until the cheese melts and the chicken reaches a degree of 165°F (74°C). The whole process takes 3 minutes to complete.
The final step is to serve the chicken with cheese on the plate and top it with sliced tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. This famous Italian starter goes well with balsamic vinegar. It is also not a bad idea to have this while enjoying a glass of wine.
Total time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (including an hour of pressing the sandwich).
Muffaletta is a special sesame white bread coming from the Sicily region of Italy. And when the Italian immigrants moved to New Orleans, they brought the bread along and invented the notorious Muffaletta sandwich here.
A standard concept of a Muffaletta sandwich includes vegetables, cheeses, herbs, and a lot of dry-cured pork. However, in this Chicken Muffaletta recipe, you will replace this protein source with chicken thighs.
To corporate a Chicken Muffaletta, you start with spreading a layer of chopped Creole olive on the bread. Then add the provolone cheese, thinly sliced chicken, and ham. The top of the sandwich will be the other piece of bread.
The notable point of this recipe is the usage of Ciabatta bread instead of the original Muffuletta. It is easier to find Ciabatta than the other one in the supermarket. Also, people prefer having chicken substitutes for ham whenever they want to reduce their calorie intake.
Let’s eat a healthy Muffaletta with this low-carb chicken recipe.
Total time: 43 minutes.
Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy, and its culinary longevity is undeniable with a lot of signature and remarkable recipes. Veal Milanese is one of them, and the favorite variation of the recipe is Chicken Milanese.
To make this dish, you can start with breading the chicken with a mixture of Parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, and breadcrumbs. After coating your chicken thickly, you pan-fry until it turns golden brown. This step might take you 3-4 minutes.
Prepare the sauce with fennel, cherry tomatoes, thyme, Mascarpone cheese, and other condiments. The sauce will later be spooned on top of the chicken.
The sauce delivers a combination of fresh tomato sourness, Mascarpone creaminess, and herbal aroma. Mixing the sauce with the tenderized chicken, Chicken Milanese is such a good option for your next dinner.
Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Cannelloni is a notable Italian pasta with a big tube form where you can stuff ingredients. In a way, Cannelloni is like the Italian spring roll.
On the other hand, the Margherita style is a culinary decoration of the Italians with three colors from their flag: green, white, and red. The colors are relatively represented by fresh basil, melted Mozzarella, and tomato sauce.
With the same notion, Margherita Chicken Cannelloni contains these three ingredients. You must prepare other elements like chicken breast, Ricotta, Parmesan, and additional condiments.
The dish is signature with vivid Italian colors and mouth-watering fragrance. With tender and creamy stuffed Cannelloni and savory tomato sauce, the recipe can give you the satisfaction of Italian cuisine.
Total time: 45 minutes.
Meatball is a legendary invention of the Italians, and it was first seen back in the ancient Rome era (753 B.C. – 476 A.D.). There are many variations of the dish, and you make meatballs out of any meat or even non-meat, like vegan meatballs.
You can easily make this recipe come into reality by whisking breadcrumbs, ground chicken, Parmesan, and other ingredients. And when the mixture is ready, you roll them into balls. Later, you can brown them on the skillet for about 6-7 minutes.
The final step of making this recipe is to pour the Marinara sauce and grated Mozzarella onto the skillet of meatballs and bake them for 15 minutes. The dish is pretty quick to make, and the flavor is super delicious. It’s also a good idea to sprinkle Parmesan and parsley on top.
Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Osso Buco is a particular delight from the Lombardy region, with the dish literally meaning “bone with a hole”, which indicates the cow marrow. However, you will learn how to make this Italian-originated soup with chicken thighs in this recipe.
The first step is to season your chicken thighs with salt and pepper and then flour them. You then pan-fry the thighs until all of your chicken thighs turn slightly brown.
You can also use the same skillet for the sauce and add onions, carrots, and other spices and herbs to the pan after the butter melts. After 20 minutes, you pour in red wine and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Finally, you add tomato paste to give the sauce more taste.
When the sauce is ready, pour it over the fried chicken thighs and bake all of them at 400°F (204°C) for 40 minutes. Garnishing the dish with lemon zest and parsley will give it more flavor and enjoyment.
Chicken Osso Buco might not be the original recipe, but its delicacy is undeniable.
Total time: 50 minutes.
Arrabiata sauce, or Sugo All’ Arrabiata, is a sauce that includes garlic, tomatoes, dried red chili peppers, and olive oil. In Italian, “arrabbiata” means “angry”. Therefore, it is not unpredictable to taste all the heat when your tongue touches this red sauce.
This spicy pasta recipe probably can satisfy your hunger for Italian food, and here’s what you should do. Cook the chicken in a pan with salt, pepper, dried oregano, and pepper flakes until the chicken turns brown.
At that time, you can add pasta, chicken broth, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in the same pan that has the chicken. Let all the ingredients simmer for 30 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Some basil and grated Parmesan are enough for garnish.
Total time: 30 minutes.
Back to the territory of Italian soup, you can’t avoid mentioning Gnocchi. And no, Gnocchi is not a soup name. It’s actually a variety of Italian dumpling types that consists of wheat flour, eggs, cheese, etc. And in this recipe, you will use the potato Gnocchi.
First, saute onion, carrots, celery, and some spices in a big pot with hot melted butter and olive oil. After a minute, you toss garlic into the pot. Next, pour red wine in and simmer for another 3 minutes.
Before adding the Gnocchi, put flour, chicken stock, thyme, and Italian seasoning into the pan. When the dumplings start to soften, you add Parmesan, shredded chicken, and spinach leaves.
Lastly, toss nutmeg, pepper, and salt into the soup for seasoning. And when you serve the soup, don’t forget to decorate the soup with grated Parmesan and black pepper to give the dish more aroma and color.
Total time: 30 minutes (without hours of preheating the oven).
What is the most world-renowned Italian pastry that you can think of? Tiramisu or Crostata? Or are you like me, thinking of pizza immediately? To follow the chicken theme of this post, this recipe will teach you how to make the Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
Buffalo chicken is a representative of the American cuisine in which people deep-fry the chicken and then eat it after dipping them in the sour-and-sweet sauce. With Italian pastry, this collaboration of two polarities of the Atlantic ocean potentially blows your mind.
In this recipe, to fasten the process, it is a suitable choice to buy the processed Buffalo sauce and pizza dough to season the chicken. Firstly, you need to make the chicken by seasoning it with Buffalo sauce, chives, parsley, and dill.
Then, prepare an herb sauce for seasoning the pizza later. This sauce consists of cilantro, garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes.
With the dough, you spread it on your baking tray or the oven ranch, and then add the layer of chicken and cheese. And finally, you scatter a layer of herb sauce. At that point, all you have to do is bake the pizza until the crust browns and the cheese melts.
Total time: 20 minutes.Bruschetta Chicken.
A standard Bruschetta consists of two main elements: the bread underneath and the topping. The top part often includes Mozzarella, tomatoes, and other vegetables. However, this recipe has the bread substituted with chicken breast.
To make the Bruschetta Chicken, flavor the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. After that, pan-fry the chicken at medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side.
Another thing is the tomato mixture for topping. Combine chopped tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and other condiments. Then pour the mixture on top of the chicken to complete the dish.
You can serve the dish with other staple foods like spaghetti or bread. To add more color and taste, I suggest garnishing your Bruschetta with grated Parmesan and balsamic glaze.
Chicken Bruschetta is what you need to flavor your dinner with Italian cuisine.
Total time: 40 minutes.
You already know that Pesto is a versatile sauce of Italian cuisine, and in this recipe, the sauce plays the role of a chicken flavor enhancer. The taste of the meat will be highly tenderized with an intense but comfortable herbal aroma.
You have to finish three main steps to make this dish. Firstly, marinate the chicken. There are various choices, and you can either pick white wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, red pepper, or Italian seasoning.
To marinate the chicken, the option is to let the chicken submerge in the marinade for 10-15 minutes. You should prepare an airlock bag for this purpose only.
The Pesto sauce in this recipe includes basil, cheese, and other ingredients. Then, complete the sauce by adding cherry tomatoes, other condiments, and spices, and stir all of them together in the baking tray.
The final step is to put the chicken in the middle of the tray and turn on the oven. After 25 minutes, your chicken should almost be ready. Then sprinkle the cheese on top and bake all the ingredients again to melt that cheese.
Total time: 40 minutes.
Alfredo sauce is one of the most seen additions to typical Italian food. It’s very indulging, even if it comes along with pasta, salad, or meat. You can make traditional Alfredo sauce from butter, Parmesan, cream, and garlic, or you can buy the processed product instead.
To make the Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells, prepare large pasta shells (Conchiglie), different types of cheese, chicken breast, and other ingredients to flavor the dish. Before the stuffing, don’t forget to boil the shells for about 9 minutes (the al dente phase).
While waiting for the pasta to cool down, you can start to make the sauce and chicken filling. Make sure to cook and shred the chicken beforehand. The filling starts with you mixing all the cheese together before enhancing the texture with eggs, chicken, and condiments.
And after stuffing the shells, you fill half of the baking tray with Alfredo sauce and arrange all the pasta shells in it. You need about 20 minutes of baking at 350°F (177°C), and your pasta is totally ready to serve.
The dish is mildly sweet and addictingly creamy with the comfortable smell of Alfredo sauce and a lot of cheese. To decrease the heavy feeling from a lot of cheese in the dish, you can prepare some side dishes like garlic bread or salad.
Total time: 30 minutes.
Gremolata is also a green sauce like Pesto, but their components are very different. Therefore, they give you distinguished tastes and smells when you have them. Gremolata typically has citrus fruit zest, parsley, and garlic.
There are two main elements in this dish: the chicken and the sauce. With the chicken, you can season it and then pan-fry until the chicken is cooked through.
To make the green sauce of the recipe, you’ll have to put more effort than just blending all the ingredients together. The procedure is sauteing shallots, garlic, and olives for about a minute before adding white wine, lemon juice, and other components.
When the sauce turns lustrous, you know it’s time to pour it on the chicken. For the citrus-sour theme, garnishing the dish with wheels of lemon or orange will be suitable.
19. Chicken Lasagna
Total time: 55 minutes.
Maybe Lasagna is one of the most popular candidates to represent the entire Italian pasta territory. People know this pasta for its delicacy and versatility. Lasagna is a basically large and flat sheet of pasta, and the Lasagna dish often consists of layers of pasta and fillings.
This recipe asks you to make the fillings by mixing shredded chicken, bouillon, cream cheese, and Mozzarella. Adding condiments and spices is also a reasonable option to give the sauce more flavors.
You also need to cook the pasta for about 10 minutes. After the pasta and the fillings are ready, it’s time to pile these ingredients up in a consistent structure. And to enhance the pasta cake construction, you should spread a layer of spaghetti sauce between every layer.
The final step is to bake that pasta tower for 40 minutes. Don’t forget to sprinkle more cheese and remaining sauce before putting it in the oven.
Total time: 30 minutes (excluding marinating time and refrigerating time).
Even though this recipe sounds like the 6th one of the post, I can guarantee that the two of them differ for many reasons. To make this dish, you must prepare the two main elements: the Balsamic dressing and the salad.
The dressing consists of Balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, other herbs, and condiments. This dressing gives the salad an admirable taste bud feeling with sourness and sweetness delivered elegantly.
The salad is also simple with chicken breast, pasta, marinated Mozzarella balls, and other ingredients. Marinate chicken breast overnight with the Balsamic dressing and then grill it on medium heat for 10 minutes.
The pasta also needs to reach the al dente state. And the final step is putting everything in a salad bowl, pouring the dressing on top, and starting to mix them well. You can serve the salad cold by refrigerating it before serving.
Caprese Chicken Salad is a good idea to start your Italian culinary journey.
Total time: 6 hours and 20 minutes (including 6 hours of slow-cooking).
If you are a fan of soup and stew, you can’t skip your chance to try this Italian slow cooker recipe. After spending hours in the pot with heat, all the essence of the food will merge with the soup, and that’s how you can actually feel the atmosphere of the Tuscany region in this soup.
To make this dish, you put everything in the pot and push some buttons, and after 6 hours, your soup is ready. In the last 30 minutes, it’s recommended to add cornstarch and Balsamic vinegar to thicken the soup and give it more taste.
For garnish, it is common to see people place parsley on top of that bowl of soup. But don’t forget to remove the rosemary before serving. This dish has a good combination of multiple flavors since sweetness, savoriness, and sourness are all there.
Total time: 30 minutes.
Originally, Kabob (or Kebab) came from the Middle East, but European cuisine also created their version of this delicious dish. The Italian Chicken Kabob is one of the famous variations, and it includes signature ingredients of the Italian culinary culture.
The typical Italian Chicken Kabob includes zucchini, colorful bell peppers, onions, and other vegetables. And to flavor the chicken, it’s ideal to chop it into bite-size pieces and season it with garlic, salt, pepper, Italian dressing, and chili pepper flakes.
It is necessary to cut other veggies like bell peppers, onion, zucchini, and squash in the bowl and enhance their taste with condiments. After all the ingredients are well seasoned, you skew them on the Kabob skewer alternatingly between the meat and veggies.
To cook Chicken Kabob, it is best to grill them after seasoning with more salt and pepper. After around 15 minutes of medium heat, your Kabob is probably ready to serve.
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And that is a list of 22 Italian dishes with chicken meat that are probably worth you trying. They are pretty simple and supremely delicious. And your beloved will also be impressed by your latent culinary talent.
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