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overhead view of cast iron pan with chicken vesuvio

Easy Chicken Vesuvio

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: stovetop & roasting
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy Chicken Vesuvio recipe is an at-home take on the famous Chicago Italian restaurant classic. This delicious dish features tender bone in chicken thighs, potato wedges, peas, and a flavorful lemon herb white wine sauce.


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  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • salt & pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound medium Russet potatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 fresh sprigs thyme
  • 2 fresh sprigs oregano
  • 1 cup dry white wine (I use pinot grigio)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large cast iron pan (affiliate link) over medium high heat.
  3. Season the chicken thighs gernerously on each side with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear the chicken thighs about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Don't move the chicken around once you set it in the hot pan, let it sit so you get a nice sear on the each side.
  5. While chicken is searing, chop potatoes into 1/8th wedges lengthwise.
  6. Set the seared chicken aside. Add 3 more tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add potatoes to the pan, working in batches if you need to. Sear the potatoes 6 minutes, then flip and sear the other side 6 minutes.
  7. Remove potatoes to the platter to set aside.
  8. Add another 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and add garlic. Cook for just 30 seconds (don't burn it!) then add chicken broth and white wine.
  9. Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze and release flavor.
  10. Add thyme and oregano sprigs and bring to a simmer.
  11. Return potatoes to the pan, then top with chicken, skin side up. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Place in the oven and bake 30-35 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, add peas and butter, then return to oven an additional 5 minutes.
  13. Stir sauce. Serve chicken and potatoes topped with the pan sauce and chopped parsley.

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