Amatriciana chicken traybake

Amatriciana chicken traybake

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(126 ratings)

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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3rd Jan, 2016
Gorgeous 10 out of 10! Parboiled potatoes before starting recipe and added yellow pepper and shallots. Used 1/2 teaspoon of mild chilli pepper powder as we are not huge chilli fans and it was sooo good, will definitely make again.
3rd Jan, 2016
Made this for dinner this evening and gorgeous!!! 9 & 5yr old gave 10 out of 10! Will definitely make again. I parboiled the baby potatoes before I started anything else. I used 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder instead of an actual chilli and I added a yellow pepper and shallots at the very beginning of the recipe. So easy yet soooo tasty!
3rd Jan, 2016
Made this for dinner this evening & sooo tasty, even 9 & 5 yr old likes it and gave 10 out of 10! Will definitely make again. Parboiled baby potatoes for about 5minutes first. Then Added the potatoes, yellow pepper and some shallots to the tray with the chicken (used chicken breasts) and added half a teaspoon of chilli powder to the purée/garlic and oil mix and it turned out perfectly....follow timings and you will have a very tasty dinner!
11th Oct, 2015
This has become a firm family favourite of ours-making it often. I think it is imperative that you use the best ingredients to get the most from it-Butchers Smoked Lardons, good quality tomato puree (we use Ciro Double concentrate) and a variety of ripe tomatoes (we use M&S tomato selection when the Greengrocers mix is average). A cheap, tasty and relatively Syn free dish for anyone also Food Optimising :D
11th Sep, 2015
Awesome. Wouldn't believe something so easy and simple could be so interestingly delicious. Added a good slug of passata to the paste/garlic mix to loosen it a bit. Put the potatoes in to bake for 15 mins first on their own to give them a head start. Added some red pepper at the bacon stage for 30 mins. Perfect.
18th Jul, 2015
Anybody noticed the picture shows peppers but none included in ingredients!
13th Mar, 2015
Cooked this for the first time last night and it was really delicious. My husband isn't a big fan of chicken and my son is fussy but both if them really enjoyed it. The chicken was really juicy. Will be making this again.
1st Mar, 2015
Really enjoyed this. I tailored the recipe slightly to incorporate the ingredients that I had - I cut up chicken breasts instead of using thighs and I used tinned chopped tomatoes in place of fresh tomatoes. I parboiled the potatoes, otherwise the chicken would have been overcooked. I served with green beans, which I mixed into the roasting tray before serving.
23rd Feb, 2015
Very tasty; the whole family enjoyed this. I read it wrong and put the tomatoes and bacon in with half an hour to go but it was fine. I might add some olives and peppers next time and par-boil the potatoes for a few mins (I also added much less oil as we're trying to cut back and it still worked well).
7th Feb, 2015
Absolutely delicious. I made it for a dinner party and it went down very well. Like some others, I added peppers at the same stage as the tomatoes. This will definitely be a regular dish now. Mopping up the juices with ciabatta was delicious


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