Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Yield
Makes 6 servings

This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Step 2

Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until oil just begins to smoke.

Step 3

Place chicken in skillet, skin sides down; reduce heat to medium-high, and cook 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; discard drippings.

Step 4

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Toss with chicken broth and 3 Tbsp. Arugula Pesto. Add pasta mixture to skillet. Place chicken, skin sides up, on pasta.

Step 5

Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes. Dollop with additional Arugula Pesto.

Step 6

Olives & Caperberries: Omit pasta, broth, and pesto. Prepare as directed through Step Cut 1 lemon into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Stir together 1 cup pitted large Spanish olives, 1 cup large caperberries with stems, 1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds, and 1/4 cup dry white wine in skillet; add lemon slices. Place chicken, skin sides up, in skillet. Bake as directed. Sprinkle with parsley.

Step 7

Poblanos & Onions: Omit pasta, chicken broth, and pesto. Prepare recipe as directed through Step Place 3 large poblano peppers, seeded and chopped, and 1/2 large white onion, chopped, in skillet. Place chicken, skin sides up, in skillet. Bake as directed. Remove from oven, and top with 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 1/4 cup crumbled queso blanco.

Step 8

Potatoes & Rosemary: Omit pasta, chicken broth, and pesto. Prepare recipe as directed through Step Place 2 lb. small fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces, in a single layer in skillet, and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary and 1/4 tsp. salt. Place chicken, skin sides up, in skillet, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary. Bake as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

One of my favorites

gockerell
October 29, 2017
I have been making this for years, a family favorite for 10 yo and 14 yo as well.  I used store-bought pesto, gluten-free pasta, and add a boat-load of chopped vegetables to the pasta -- usually at least mushrooms, leeks, spinach, and broccoli.  LOVE this dish!!!

Marty's Review

KeeganEvans
October 16, 2015
I made this using basil pesto. It was good. I wouldn't say a show stopper. I added some grape tomatoes in while baking. That was good.

sgausnell's Review

martyj
February 28, 2013
Chicken is fine but a simple prep, the arugula pesto really lacked flavor and depth. I was starting to wonder if some ingredient was left out. I won't be making this one again.

phenny86's Review

Horwitz
January 12, 2013
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KeeganEvans's Review

sgausnell
February 25, 2013
Delicious, a simple but flavorful recipe.

gockerell's Review

phenny86
August 18, 2013
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