Pollo alla Romana (Roman-Style Chicken)

by Mario Batali


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 ounces pancetta, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup Frascati or other dry white wine
1 (16-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes and their juices
2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
Salt and pepper


In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook slowly to render out much of the fat. Remove all but 4 tablespoons of the fat-oil mixture from the pan and add the garlic and chicken, cooking until chicken begins to change color and garlic browns. Add the wine and cook 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and peppers, season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Spicy Peanut Chicken

by Rachael Ray

1 cup brown or white rice made to package directions
3 tablespoons vegetable oil or other high temperature cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, diced into small bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
Salt and pepper
1 inch ginger root, grated or minced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or reduced sugar peanut butter
1/4 cup Tamari sauce or reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon chili paste
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 bunch scallions, whites and greens chopped on angle into 1-inch pieces
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts

Yields: Serves 4

Start brown or white rice and 10 minutes before it is done begin your stir fry.
Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, add bell peppers and stir fry 2 minutes more. Remove chicken and peppers to a plate and add 2 tablespoons more oil to the pan. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry 15 seconds then add in peanut butter, soy, stock, chili paste and sesame oil and stir to combine into sauce. Add chestnuts and scallions and toss 1 minute, add chicken and peppers back to pan with peanuts and turn to coat in sauce. Serve over rice

Grilled Chili Chicken


2 TBS honey
5 TBS sweet chili sauce (or Chili Powder)
3 TBS soy sauce
12 chicken drumsticks, skin removed


1. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, sweet chili sauce and soy sauce. Set
aside a small dish of the marinade for basting. Place chicken drumsticks into
the bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Arrange drumsticks on the grill. Cook for 10
minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Baste frequently with the reserved
sauce during the last 5 minutes

Hollandaise Sauce


3 egg yolks
Juice of ½ of a Lemon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or dash of hot pepper sauce)
1 large ice cube (just in case)


In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Gradually whisk yolk mixture into
butter. Continue whisking over low heat for 6-8 minutes, or until it is thickened.
Serve immediately.

If your sauce starts to break, very quickly add in an ice cube, stir for a second, remove and whisk very fast. This will cool down the sauce and save it.