Amatriciana chicken traybake

Amatriciana chicken traybake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
Inspired by the classic Italian pasta sauce, chicken thighs and new potatoes are flavoured with bacon and tomato in this easy one-pan meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal472
  • fat20g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein46g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 1 long red chilli
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 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…

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 skinless chicken thighs
  • 500g new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 140g cubetti di pancetta (or smoked bacon lardons)



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

  • 400g tomato, half cherry or baby plum, the rest is up to you - any larger ones halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • green salad and bread, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Find a large roasting tin that will hold the chicken thighs and potatoes in a single layer. Halve the chilli, scrape out and discard the seeds if you don’t like it too hot, and remove the stalk. Put in a small food processor or mini chopper with the tomato purée, olive oil and garlic. Whizz to a paste, then spread over the chicken. Add the chicken and potatoes to the tin with a good grinding of black pepper and some salt, then mix everything together well with your hands. Add the thyme and roast for 30 mins.

  2. Stir in the pancetta and roast for 15 mins more, then add the tomatoes and roast for another 15 mins until the tomatoes have softened and the chicken is cooked. Serve straight from the pan and eat with a green salad and some bread, if you like, for mopping up the juices.

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Manda Qu's picture
Manda Qu
15th Mar, 2020
Love this, with the cherry tomatoes I add a small glass of red wine. Simple tasty supper dish
21st Jan, 2020
A family favourite, has been made many times and much enjoyed.
7th Nov, 2019
I have made this several times, and we all love it. Tonight I varied it slightly. I used a tin of cherry tomatoes instead of fresh and this added more juice and made for a much moister finished dish. I also added a bag of spinach (it was in the fridge) to the top of the tray for the last 5 minutes to up the veggie count, really good.
Janec3's picture
26th Aug, 2019
Great recipe. I used bone in skinless chicken thighs and drumsticks and tinned potatoes. After 30 mins I added courgette, chopped peppers and whole cherry toms. Didn't add bacon (not a fan). Served with a green salad. So easy to do. Will definitely make again.
14th Aug, 2019
Loved it! So easy and delicious. Made the whole hallway of our apartment block smell great! I used chicken breast and cut them in half to save on cooking time, I marinated them for 4 hours in the seasoning plus some oil and hot sauce. I added red pepper, courgette and a lot of garlic - personal preference. Served with sour cream. Really good easy dish - will definitely make again!
18th Jul, 2019
This is absolutely delicious! As others have done, I added some extra veg - a red onion, courgette and fresh pepper in with the potatoes. I use the baby salad new potatoes and don’t bother par boiling, and skinless boneless chicken which needs less time in the oven - about 45 mins in total. Serve with sugar snaps, asparagus or tenderstem broccoli. Totally yum!
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hybridauth_user 1061
29th Jun, 2019
Wowza!!! Family of 5 so added more of everything, I have 3 fussy eater boys ages 3,6 and 7 and a husband who won't eat whole tomatoes!! It was delicious!! Clean plates all round. Husband just didn't eat the tomatoes. I can't believe how quick and easy it was to make. I added in sugar snap peas to the tray and served with tender stem broccoli. And homemade garlic bread. Will use this recipe again and again.
20th May, 2019
Very, very good. Took probably 15 mins to throw together and was extremely delicious. The chicken was very moist. I did par-boil the potatoes for 5 mins, as some of the reviews mentioned this. I added an onion, but those were my only changes. Perfect recipe, whether you want a quick dinner or are hosting a dinner party and want it to look like you spent hours cooking.
jeff_paris's picture
10th Jan, 2019
Just made it tonight. I’ve marinated the chicken for 24 hours on the tomato pure and it turned out delicious. Didn’t pre-boil the potatoes bit roasted everything on 200 degrees (fan assisted oven) and added asparagus on a he last 15 mins. Definitely will make it again.
Goat Interference
8th Jan, 2019
In terms of effort:reward this is a fantastic recipe. All I change is use passata instead of tomato puree and add a little tabasco at the same time. Next time will perhaps add red onion as others have tried.


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28th May, 2020
Loved this recipe - super easy to make but very tasty and the chicken stayed very moist. I replaced fresh thyme for dried and served with simple green beans. I’d feared that using a whole chilli might make it too spicy for my young kids but they absolutely loved it - more of a smoky taste than spicy - delicious!
chicken_nugg's picture
4th Jun, 2014
to make this better i suggest adding a chicken nugget.
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26th Nov, 2017
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