Porchetta-Style Chicken . . .

Marinated chicken breasts are spread with garlic paste, herbs, and pancetta before being rolled and grilled in this porchetta adaptation inspired by Taverna 58, a restaurant in the seaside town of Pescara, Italy.  This recipe was clipped from Saveur magazine's Issue 174, in the story The Road To Abruzzo.



2 (1-1 12 lb.) boneless, skin-on double (attached) chicken breasts

1 cup dry white wine

12 cup olive oil

13 cup honey

3 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste

2 tbsp. minced rosemary, plus 14 cup packed leaves

12 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

3 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces

12 cloves garlic (half peeled and smashed, half mashed into a paste)

1 tbsp. ground fennel

3 oz. (about 12 slices) thinly sliced pancetta

Butcher's string, for tying


       Using the flat side of a mallet, pound flesh side of chicken until 14 thick; set aside. Whisk wine, 13 cup oil, the honey, 3 tbsp. salt, the minced rosemary, and 12 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat; cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

       Heat oven to 400°. Toss remaining oil, the rosemary leaves, potatoes, smashed garlic, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring as needed, until golden and just cooked, about 1 hour; keep warm.

       Meanwhile, heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high.) Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Place 1 piece chicken skin side down on a work surface. Rub flesh side of chicken with half the garlic paste and fennel, salt, and pepper. Lay half the pancetta, overlapping slightly, over top. Working from one long side, roll chicken into a tight package and secure using butcher's string.

       Repeat with remaining piece of chicken, garlic paste, fennel, salt, pepper, and pancetta. Season outsides of chicken with salt and pepper; grill, turning as needed, until skin is slightly charred and crisp, 8–10 minutes. Place chicken on potatoes; roast until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through, or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165°, 30–35 minutes.

       Let chicken rest 5 minutes, then remove string and slice 14 thick crosswise; serve over potatoes.