This chicken Vesuvio is tender chicken thighs and potato wedges that are roasted until golden brown, then served with peas and a white wine sauce. A quick and easy dinner recipe that’s easy to make but looks like it came from a fancy restaurant.
What is chicken Vesuvio?
Chicken Vesuvio originated in Chicago, and features bone-in chicken pieces and potatoes that are cooked until golden brown, then served in a white wine and butter sauce with peas. It is thought that this dish came from Vesuvio restaurant, which is how it got its name.
How do you make chicken Vesuvio?
Start by cooking your chicken thighs in a hot pan until they’re golden brown. Next, add potato wedges to the pan and cook until they form a brown crust. Finally, add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Make a sauce with white wine, chicken broth and seasonings, then place the chicken and potatoes in the sauce. Put the pan in the oven, and bake until everything is browned and the chicken and potatoes are cooked through. Add peas to the pan and cook for a few more minutes. Finally, add a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect dish
- Chicken Vesuvio really works best with bone-in skin-on chicken pieces. I use thighs, but you could use a combination of thighs and drumsticks, or even bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Be aware that the chicken breasts may take longer to cook as they are larger in size.
- Frozen peas work just fine here, no need to seek out fresh peas. I don’t recommend using canned peas as the flavor and texture is inferior.
- This dish really stands alone as a one pot meal, but you can add a green salad or loaf of bread as a side dish if you like.
- Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days, or can go in the freezer for 2 months.
- Use a white wine that you’d enjoy drinking such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.
This dish is fabulous as-is, but you can add other flavors to customize it to your tastes.
- Protein: Swap out the chicken for pork chops for an untraditional, but still delicious dish.
- Vegetables: Instead of peas you can use lima beans or fava beans. You can also add extra vegetables such as sauteed mushrooms or fresh spinach.
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes make a nice substitute for Russet potatoes.
- Toppings: You can add green olives, capers or lemon zest at the end of the cook time for extra flavor.
I love this dish because it’s easy enough to put together on a busy weeknight, but fancy enough to serve to company.
More chicken recipes to try
- Garlic Butter Chicken and Mushrooms
- Blackened Chicken
- Chicken Thigh Marinade
- Chicken Tetrazzini
- Jerk Chicken Marinade
Chicken Vesuvio Video
- 3 tablespoons olive oil divided use
- 2 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound Russet potatoes cut into wedges
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup frozen peas thawed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large oven safe pan over medium high heat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken, skin side down, in the pan in a single layer.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until chicken is golden brown.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and cover to keep warm.
- Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan. Place the potatoes in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Remove the potatoes from the pan and cover to keep warm.
- Add the butter to the pan and melt. Stir in the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the Italian seasoning.
- Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the wine has been reduced by half.
- Pour in the chicken broth, then season the sauce with salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken and potatoes back to the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Turn the oven to broil (500 degrees F). Cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken skin is crispy.
- Remove from the oven and stir in the peas. Drizzle the lemon juice over the chicken.
- Sprinkle with parsley then serve immediately with the pan juices spooned over the top.