I first had this tasty dish in a little hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. It was served in a cast iron pan, and the smell alone was enough to have me drooling. Once I dug in, I was pretty sure I was in heaven. Moist chicken, and crisp, golden brown potatoes in a bright garlic wine sauce (it’s quite garlicky, so I’d recommend this dish for garlic lovers only). It was pure perfection. I even ate the peas, which is rare for me, because peas are not my favorite. If you look online, you’ll find a ton of different versions of this popular dish, but my version is slimmed down to offer all the flavor of the traditional dish, but for just 7 Smart Points per serving. Enjoy!

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chicken vesuvio
Chicken Vesuvio
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
A specialty of Chicago, this Italian American dish is a breeze to cook and features golden brown, crispy potatoes covered with garlic and oregano and wine.
Servings: 6
  • 1 lb chicken thighs skinless, boneless
  • 4 potatoes peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 10 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup green peas frozen
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper, then add chicken and brown on each side.
  3. After chicken is browned, remove from skillet and add the remaining olive oil. Add the potatoes and brown on each side as well, then remove from skillet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place chicken and potatoes into a large bowl and season well with oregano spice blend.
  5. Add wine to skillet to deglaze the pan. Let simmer a minute and scrape the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the garlic cloves and chicken stock. Let simmer about 5-10 minutes until reduced by half.
  7. Add chicken to a large baking dish, and then pour the wine/stock sauce over the chicken. Place the potatoes on top.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes until chicken and potatoes are well browned and crisp. Add frozen peas during last 5 minutes of baking.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 chicken thigh and about 3/4 cup potatoes
Each serving = 7 Smart Points

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PER SERVING: 281 calories; 8g fat; 1.5g saturated fat; 27g carbohydrates; 3.5g fiber; 3g sugar; 19g protein

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