Crispy chicken with pancetta & butter beans

Crispy chicken with pancetta & butter beans

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 6
Crisp chicken, flavoursome pancetta and soft butter beans combine to make a mouth-watering one-pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal701
  • fat39g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre7g
  • protein55g
  • salt2.82g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 200g pack cubetti di pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 4 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves finely chopped, plus one extra whole sprig



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 250g red wine
  • 250g chicken stock
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans cherry tomatoes
  • 3 x 400g/14oz cans butter bean
  • 2 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Heat the oil in a large roasting tin, then brown the chicken legs in batches until golden and crisp. Remove from the tin and set aside.

  2. Sizzle the pancetta cubes in the same tin. When they’re just beginning to brown, add the onion, garlic and rosemary. Fry for a few mins, stirring, then pour in the wine and stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the onion wedges are starting to soften and the liquid has reduced. Tip in the cherry tomatoes, beans, sugar, bay leaf, remaining rosemary sprig and seasoning. Give everything a good stir, then bring back to a simmer.

  3. Sit the chicken legs on top of the bean mixture and pour over any extra juices from the chicken. Bake for 40-45 mins until the chicken is cooked and crisp, the sauce is bubbling and the onions are soft.

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25th Oct, 2016
If you are finding it difficult to find a chicken leg that looks like the on in the pic, dont despair! It was a duck leg - I know because I took the photograph!
3rd Jan, 2016
I can't rate this for some reason but made it last night for a family dinner with chicken thighs as I don't like legs. We loved it. I used a lot more garlic and white wine rather than red as we don't drink red wine but it was delicious. It would work with chicken breast, preferably on the bone as well. I don't think it needs mash as it is very substantial with all the beans.
16th Jul, 2015
Followed the recipe except for using 1 x can of chopped tomatoes and 400g fresh cherry tomatoes. Served it outside with lots of side salads. Delicious.
19th May, 2014
Easy to make and really yummy.
29th May, 2013
Absolutely delicious. I actually had roasted a whole chicken already so used the legs for this dish - the chicken was so soft as it had been cooked already, and the skin was twice as crispy!
13th Nov, 2012
So so so delicious !
14th Sep, 2012
Delicious. Went down a treat! Really simple to cook and smelt lovely when people arrived for dinner. Really did need that large oven tray as there's loads and would probably just use chicken breasts next time.
16th Apr, 2012
It was divine! Made a few changes or should I say 3/4 bottle of beautiful red and chestnut mushrooms, lots more garlic....and in the last 5 mins put in some fine green beans ! Severed with a v creamy mash. Feeling good ! Really gonna help my nasty cold.....Hubby n Kiddies loved it too ! Total Winner of a dish ! When they said Big roasting tray.......I used my BIG one....and used thighs, 9 large.....covered the whole pan ! Lots left for tea and freezing some too ! ENJOY !!
5th Apr, 2012
I love this website for tapping the main ingrediants you have to use and up something delicious appears. I had skinless breast of chicken (free range) and pancetta as the recipe search, and luckily everything else needed for this recipe. Of course it was not crispy chicken more like a coq au vin but plenty tasty anyway. I would use a thickener to make the juices a bit more hearty in the future. but would make again following suggestions from others,
4th Feb, 2012
Easy and very, very tasty. 3 tins of beans looks a lot but I think you need that many. Mash or bread required to soak up the yummy sauce. I have frozen the portions we didn't eat. I might try a different cut of chicken next time (and there will be a next time) as I am not that keen on legs.


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