Red Wine Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Chickpeas
** This post has been paid for by Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards **
Once in a while a recipe crosses your path that immediately becomes part of your cooking “repertoire” and this Red Wine Braised Chicken with Pancetta and Chickpeas is one of those. Not only is it comfort food at its best, it’s really easy to make and you can be out of the kitchen in less than 45 minutes.
It comes from a recipe I saw on Epicurious ages ago. I have made it numerous times since then and love the dish so much that I had to share it on here. The chicken pieces are coated with cumin, smoked paprika and salt, then fried in the fat of the fried pancetta until the skin is crispy. Add some red wine (in this case the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir 2015), chicken stock and chopped onions, then braise the chicken until tender and cooked. Add the chickpeas, pancetta, a handful of parsley and simmer until the chickpeas are heated through. The pancetta and Culinaria Pinot Noir 2015 add so much flavour to the dish it tastes like it has was cooked for hours.
I chose the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir 2015 as the red wine for the dish as the darker fruit nuances and undertones of tobacco work so well with the pancetta and spices. As this Pinot Noir has fantastic versatility for food and wine pairings, it was a given to also serve it with the red wine braised chicken and I do think it is a great pairing.
The added beauty of this red wine braised chicken dishis that the flavours improve the longer it stands, making it a great dish to make a day in advance. Midweek dinner or midweek dinner party sorted!
You can replace the pancetta with bacon but use the best quality you can afford. I served the dish with some charred broccoli, meaty mushrooms and a roasted head of cauliflower. Have a crusty loaf of bread on standby to mop up the delicious sauce. Enjoy!
I am thrilled that the Recipe Index has been given a visual makeover. Instead of just a recipe listing, every recipe now shows the image of the dish, making it much easier to search and find a recipe to prepare. I hope you like it as much as I do.
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