My Grandma is 100% Italian. Both of her parents were from Italy but met in the United States. She’s the best cook in the world and is one of those delightful old school ladies who cooked by memory, not recipe, with a “pinch of this and a dash of that”. So copying or passing on her recipes can get a little tricky at times–sometimes they don’t even have names!
Take this recipe, for example. Growing up we always called it “Rosemary Chicken”. My mom mentioned it to my grandma the other day and she said, “Oh I’ve never eaten that.” My mom replied, “It’s *you’re* recipe, what do you call it?” After she described it my Grandma replies, “Oh! That’s just ‘Chicken in the Oven’.” Haha! I love it! So my new name for this recipe is Italian Chicken in the Oven. It’s been a favorite ever since I was little and now my family loves it–it was also the very first meal I ever made while learning to cook!
Since she’s a “pinch of this-dash of that” there is a distinct flavor of that to this recipe, however that is nice because then you just make as much or as little as your family needs. I usually use 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and about 4 or 5 good size potatoes and I always put in a lot of seasoning to punch up the flavor!
Italian Chicken In the Oven Recipe
2 TBSP Oil
2 TBSP Butter
1/2 tube Jimmy Dean Sausage (or you can substitute turkey sausage)
Chicken cut into small pieces
Potatoes skinned & cut into small pieces
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder or Salt
Chicken Bullion Cube
1/2-1 Cup Water
Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees
Start to heat 2 TBSP of oil (like canola) and 2 TBSP of butter in a roast pan. Add 1/2 Tube Jimmy Dean Sausage and brown. After the sausage is cooked add cut up potatoes & chicken. Then add a little salt and pepper, some garlic & Italian seasoning to taste. Add 1/2-1 cup water and a chicken boulion cube. Stir all together.
Cook at 325-350 degrees for 1 – 1 1/2 hours (checking a few times, when potatoes are fork tender and chicken is cooked through it’s done)
Crockpot: cook on high 3-4 hours (doesn’t taste as good as the oven in my personal opinion!)