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Shimmy and Roast - Italy


  • 3 cups breadcrumbs or croutons, ground in a food processor

  • 3/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 springs of thyme, leaves pulled off

  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves pulled off and finely chopped

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large sealable plastic bag (gallon size)

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 8 basil leaves, chopped

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 3 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • 1 heart of romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped


Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Mix the ground croutons, Parmigiano Reggiano, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in the plastic bag and toss to combine. Add the chicken, a couple pieces at a time, seal the bag and give it a good shimmy-shake to coat each piece.

Place the coated chicken on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken until all the pieces are coated. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cooked through.

Into a container with a lid, place the red wine vinegar, garlic, basil and EVOO. Tighten the lid, and then give it a good shimmy to mix it up. In a salad bowl, add the tomatoes, red pepper, red onion and romaine, and pour dressing over the salad.

Season with salt and pepper; toss to coat and serve alongside the chicken.