Since the 4th century BC, the Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with the discovery of the New World seeing the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and corn. Nowadays, Italian cuisine is known for its geographical diversity due to the 20 regions in the country. Foods vary widely from soups, sauces and cheese to pasta, pizza and meats – and one of the most popular meatsin Italian dishes is chicken. Here are five of the best Italian dishes to try next time you’re in the mood for chicken.
H2: Italian Roast Chicken
A roast chicken is a dish that’s universally known and usually eaten on a Sunday with family and friends. Italianshave their own version of a roast chicken that is actually cooked quite differently to a traditional one. The Italian roast chicken includes a Mediterranean twist by using a variety of Italian flavours and herbs, including rosemary and thyme leaves. An Italian roast chicken is also typically drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.
H2: Chicken Francese
Chicken Francese is an Italian dish made from flour, egg, chicken cutlets, lemon butter and white wine sauce. The chicken cutlets are dipped in flour and a beaten egg mixture before being cooked in a frying pan. The chicken should be cooked until its crunchy and golden brown. This dish is also widely popular in New York City, as when Italian people immigrated to America, they brought the recipes with them.
H2: Chicken Cotoletta
Chicken cotoletta, also known as a cotoletta roll, is an Italian take on a chicken schnitzel. Originally, the Italian meaning for the word ‘cotoletta’ meant a veal breaded cutlet, however over time the recipe has been adapted to include chicken as well as veal. Chicken cotoletta is easy to make because of its simple recipe ingredients. Firstly, the chicken cotoletta is seasoned with salt and pepper and dipped into an egg mixture. It’s then coated with breadcrumbs, parsley and cheese and cooked in a frying pan with sesame oil. The cotoletta roll is fantastic served with a tomato salad, while lime wedges can be added for a crunchy taste.
H2: Chicken Cacciatore
The Italian word cacciatore means “hunter” in English, as it refers to a meal prepared in a hunter style way that includes ingredients such as onions, herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers and wine. This dish is made with braised chicken and served with rustic bread or pasta on the side. There are many different variations of this entrée dish, as the ingredients can vary depending on the region. In Southern Italy, chicken cacciatore includes red wine, while in Northern Italy, chefs typically use white wine instead.
H2: Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Tuscan cooking is characterised by its simple flavours and limited sauces. In Tuscany, chicken is usually spilt, spiced and broiled. Tuscan chicken pasta is a dish that has creamy garlic sauce mixed with dried tomatoes, onions, spinach, cheese and chicken. It’s cooked in a pot for 15 minutes and can be topped with red pepper flakes.