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If you guys have read my ‘About’ page, then you already know that I’m a self-professed Food Network addict. That was not an exaggeration. I definitely am. The default station that I always turn to on my television is Food Network. I know all of the tv personalities and their shows. I splurge and buy the Food Network magazine every single month. I’m also a member of their website and frequently save and try recipes that I see on TV or see online. One of my goals for the blog is to have a themed recipe series for each one of my favorite Food Network stars, where I only cook about 3-4 of some of my favorite of their recipes and share them with all of you. It’ll happen. I’m determined. Stay tuned.

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One day I was perusing the Food Network website for ideas of what to do with the standard package of chicken breasts that I bought from the grocery store (that I always end up buying every week). There was a side bar that showed the current most popular/saved recipes at present. One of them was given 5 out 5 stars and had 1,151 reviews. It was a recipe called Roman Chicken from Giada de Laurentiis.

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I literally couldn’t find anyone that said anything negative  about this recipe. Everyone on Food Network’s website said that it was just awesome, and even better (and perhaps most importantly), I had all of the ingredients to make it already on hand in my kitchen/pantry. So I gave it my best shot.

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I  love when I decide to try a completely new recipe and it turns out exceeding my expectations, and this chicken was definitely one of them. I usually don’t care much for Italian-style food, but I could eat this dish all day long. The name is so befitting of it, as it really reminded me of a rustic Tuscany evening. The sauce is super flavorful and it just screams to have a loaf of crusty, Italian-style bread on the side to dip it into- which I also happened to have on hand.

This is an easy dish, but it’s also one that I would serve to guests or a significant other to impress. Moral of the story: when not in Rome, make Roman-Style Chicken and you just may feel like you are.


Roman-Style Chicken

Recipe Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis



  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


1. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

2. In a heavy, large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.

3. Keeping the same pan over medium heat, add the peppers and bacon and cook until the peppers have browned and the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.

Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve.


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22 thoughts on “Roman-Style Chicken

  1. Sounds delicious! I have seen this recipe on the food network site and never tried it. I feel that you and I have much in common because I feel like I ALWAYS have food network on. While I’m working out, browsing the internet, in the kitchen or actually sitting down to watch it. I have learned a lot from these people and have my favorites as well (LOVE Anne Burrell).

    1. Sure sounds familiar: it’s been on in my house literally all day while I cooked. It’s gotten to the point where it almost seems like my house wouldn’t be the same without Food Network lol I totally agree with you- FN chefs/cooks have literally been instrumental in teaching me how to cook. I love Sunny Anderson, Ann Burrell, Alton Brown, Jeff Mauro, Aarti Sequeira, Alex Guarneschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian- oh who am I kidding, I love ’em all! lol

      1. Yup, I learn something different from each of them. And you learn great tips and tricks along the way, too. I look forward to future blog posts!

  2. This looks fabulous Jess!! Your photos are so impressive.. so professional. I love this post! I love your themed Food Network Personality recipe idea… I can’t wait to see what you do with that!

    I’m just like you. The Food Network is on in my kitchen all the time. I have to say that Ina Garten and I are best friends. She just doesn’t know me, or the fact that we are. Haha!! I love her. She’s just my style. My other new favorite show on there is Nancy Fuller. She has some really great recipes, and I love her humor! And if that is her house in the background, then holy smokes. I need to live there. I want that kitchen.

    You said that you gave this your best shot? Honey, I’d say you gave it your all. Look at it. It is picture perfect, and I’m certain even more delicious. 🙂

    1. You really brighten my day with your compliments, Prudy. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: it really means a lot <3

      Ina Garten is one of my favorite of the 'cooking' shows on FN. She's very laid back, yet also elegant. Plus her show is likely the closest that I will ever get to seeing what life is like in the swanky Hamptons lol. I actually haven't watched Nancy Fuller's show as of yet, but I've seen her recipes and they look like they're right up my alley. And large, flashy kitchens are LITERALLY the stuff of my dreams. Some people dream of diamonds and Lamborghinis; I dream of gourmet kitchens lol

  3. Looks fantastic Jess! Absolutely picture perfect. I’ve yet to meet a recipe of Giada’s I didn’t like and this one certainly sounds like a winner too!
    Btw, I finally got my Liebster Award acceptance done that you so graciously awarded me. It will be posted tomorrow. Again, many, many thanks!

    1. Thank you, I actually don’t have that much experience with cooking or tasting them, so this was a wonderful first choice for me 🙂

  4. That is so funny, I went on the food network site yesterday and saw this was a top 20 dish of all time! A must try for me. I love Giada De Laurentiis’ recipes and this looks fantastic.

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