Skillet Essentials: Chicken, Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Andy Anderson !


I played about with this recipe for a bit, and finally came up with this result. It has some of the characteristics of a margarita chicken, but more kicked up.

This is a good hearty dish, and perfect for a cold weather day, when the skies are grey, and the winds are howling at your door.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min



  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 5 oz
    prosciutto, diced
  • 4 medium
    chicken thighs, bone in, skin on, about 2 pounds
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white or black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    4 green olives and 1/2 tablespoon capers mashed into a paste
  • 1 small
    carrot, shredded, about 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 small
    yellow onion, shredded, about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz
    (1 can) diced plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/4 c
    black olives, sliced
  • 8 oz
    mozzarella cut into 3/4-inch pieces, or mozzarella balls

How to Make Skillet Essentials: Chicken, Tomatoes & Mozzarella


  2. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the oil to an ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the prosciutto to the pan.
  5. Cook until the prosciutto begins to brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.
  7. Dry the chicken with a paper towel, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  8. Add the chicken to pan, skin side down.
  9. Chef's Note: Leave skin side down until the skin crisps, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  10. Flip, and cook on the other side an additional 3 – 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the pan, and reserve.
  12. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan, and place back on the heat.
  13. Add the olive/caper mash, red pepper flakes, carrots, and onions to the pan.
  14. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  15. Add the diced tomatoes, and the juice.
  16. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 4 – 5 minutes.
  17. Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 300 (150c).
  18. Add the chicken to the pan.
  19. Add the black olives.
  20. Place the pan into the preheated oven, and slow bake until the chicken is cooked, and the juices run clear, about 1.5 - 2 hours.
  21. Chef’s Note: You can bake this dish faster by setting the temperature to 400f (205c), and baking for about 20 – 25 minutes. But the chicken won’t be as fall-off-the-bone tender.
  22. Remove from the oven and add the mozzarella.
  23. Chef’s Tip: This dish is rustic, so don’t spread the cheese evenly over the surface; instead, place it randomly in the pan.
  24. Place back in the oven until the cheese begins to melt, about 10 – 15 minutes.
  25. Finally, place under a broiler until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and beginning to brown, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  26. Sprinkle on the prosciutto.
  28. Serve rustic style, and let your guests get their own portions. Enjoy.
  29. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Skillet Essentials: Chicken, Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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