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.
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.
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.
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.
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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