Pancetta Wrapped Chicken with Chard
Flavorful and juicy chicken wrapped in crispy pancetta served with colorful and slightly orange flavored chard. This is rustic Italian cooking at it’s best. It’s perfect for a family meal and It has a simple, unpretentious beauty. I first had a version of this dish when traveling south of Naples and decided to pair it with polenta, which my Grandmother always called “peasant food”. I guess I’m pairing “rustic” with “peasant”.
My favorite part of this dish is the brothy sauce. It’s the kind of sauce you need to sop up with a crusty bread because you won’t want to miss a drop. The chicken thighs are unbelievably tender and tasty and the crisp, salty pancetta adds a mild bacon-like flavor. It can work well with lemon instead of orange, if you prefer, and spinach is good if you aren’t a fan of chard.