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smothered chicken with pancetta and sage sauce

One-pot Smothered Chicken with Pancetta and Sage Sauce. A delicious all in one homestyle comfort food meal made with crispy pancetta, sage, rosemary, and mustard, simmered into a rich creamy sauce and cooked with fresh green beans. All that’s needed is one additional side to serve it alongside for a wholesome meal that’s perfect for a busy household to make any day of the week.

smothered chicken with pancetta and sage sauce

This is as straightforward as it gets. Its an all in one pan meal chicken dinner. A quick tenderizing of the chicken and flour dredge is done before everything gets added to the pan as the dish progresses. There’s lots of flavour packed into the sauce that develops as it simmers and thickens, each adding its own unique flavours to the pot.

smothered chicken with pancetta and sage sauce


What I love most, is that you get a beautiful creamy sauce, crispy pancetta and green beans cooked together with chicken that’s ready to be plated and served. You can pour everything over some rice, as pictured or mashed potatoes or polenta to complete the dish. You don’t have to worry about making a second side, or making a sauce in a separate pot. It all comes out crispy and juicy and ready to eat.

Smothered Chicken in pancetta and sage sauce

A lot of weeknight dinners are made with chicken because they don’t take that much time to cook and don’t require overnight preparations. But what a lot of chicken dinners lack is a good sauce to marry everything together. Made with some everyday items, its simple, rich, and comforting.  I like to tenderize the chicken breasts first, mainly because they come in different shapes and sizes so it helps to even out their cooking time and keep them as moist as possible. Coat them in some flour and spices to give the chicken a little bit of browning and some colour. Next is to sautée the onions and pancetta. You can cook the onions down longer if you want them to caramelize. I’d say this is the longest part. Cook until the pancetta reaches the crispiness level you want, otherwise it won’t become crispy once you add liquid.

smothered chicken in pancetta and sage sauce

Then its just a matter of adding the herbs, liquids and mustard and simmering everything until you get a thickened sauce. Once the sauce comes together, return the chicken to the pan and add the green beans. Push them down and in between the chicken and any crevice. Cover and simmer for 15 more minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

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Smothered Chicken in sage mustard sauce

one-pot homestyle pan fried chicken in a rich and creamy pancetta, sage and mustard cream sauce
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Weeknight Dinners
Cuisine: canadian
Keyword: bbq chicken, dinner, mustard, one-pot, quick, smothered, weeknight dinner
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup pancetta, cubed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • handful of fresh sage
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 tbsp grainy or dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans, roughly chopped


  • For the chicken: Pound it down to tenderize. Combine the flour with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and onion powder and toss in the chicken to coat.
  • Add the oil to a skillet and bring to a medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the flour mixture, shaking off any excess and add to the hot oil. Fry until the chicken is golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the same pan and add the onions. Cook until softened and translucent , about 3 minutes. Add in the pancetta. Continue to cook until the pancetta starts to render and crisp. About 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sage and whisk in the stock. Scrap up any bits from the bottom of the pan and simmer until thickened. Mix in the rosemary , mustard and cream continue to simmer until thickened.
  • Once thickened, add the chicken and green beans. Cover and cook turning the chicken once for 20 minutes.
  • Serve the chicken and sauce over rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

smothered chicken in pancetta and sage sauce

Smothered Chicken with Pancetta and Sage Sauce

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December 15, 2022


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