I made this a wee while ago and really loved the flavour combination. Radicchio is not always easy to find where I am, so for this I used chicory. This is delicious comfort food perfect for the winter. It’s also very simple to put together so you only need a few minutes to throw everything together and let your oven do the rest!

I got this recipe from Thomasina Miers from The Guardian’s Feast and outside of swapping the radicchio for chicory, made no changes.

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Chicken with radicchio, pancetta & rosemary

Serves 4 | Prep 10 mins | Cook 1hr 15 mins
Easy | Gluten-free

You’ll need:

  • 1 head radicchio (or 2 heads chicory), roughly shredded;
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced;
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced;
  • 80g thin slices pancetta, cut in half across the middle;
  • 800g potatoes, sliced thinly (use a mandoline, if you have one);
  • A few sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked;
  • 4 chicken legs;
  • 150ml double cream;
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil.

Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/390F/gas 6. Put all the ingredients except the chicken, cream and a tablespoon of the oil into a large roasting dish, and season. Mix thoroughly with your hands and spread out evenly.

Rub the chicken legs all over with the reserved oil, then season , pop on top of the potatoes and bake for an hour.

Remove from the oven, pour over the cream and turn up the heat to 220C/200C fan/425F/gas 7. Return the dish to the oven for a final 10-15 minutes, by which time the cream will be bubbling and the chicken golden. Serve immediately with a crisp, green salad and crusty bread on the side.

Original recipe form Thomasina Miers in the Guardian’s Feast, issue 16 Nov 2020, available online here.