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Spicy Mediterranean Chicken with Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Rated as 4.76 out of 5 Stars

"This is an intense food experience, not for the bland palates of the world: succulent chicken thighs, artichoke hearts, olive, pepperoncini, and sausage-stuffed cherry peppers!"
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1 h 55 m servings 389
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place chicken thighs in a large bowl; season with black pepper, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  3. Stuff each cherry pepper generously with Italian sausage. Set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place chicken thighs, skin-side down, in pan and brown, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and brown other side, about 1 minute. Remove chicken from pan.
  5. Cook onion in the Dutch oven with pinch of salt over medium-high heat; cook and stir until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in garlic, herbes de Provence, and crushed red pepper.
  6. Stir in pepperoncini and juices; cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. Place chicken, skin-side up, in a single layer on top of the onions and pepperoncinis in the Dutch oven. Pour stock into the pan until almost covering the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle artichoke hearts, olives, and stuffed cherry peppers over top of chicken.
  9. Return to medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.
  10. Cover and roast in preheated oven until sausage is cooked through and liquid is bubbling, about 1 hour.
  11. Garnish with chopped basil, oregano, and marjoram.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 389 calories; 25.2 15.7 25 75 2487 Full nutrition

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Wow wow wow! So flavorful! Made it tonight and it is a new favorite. Only difference for me was that I did not have a dutch oven, so I used my crockpot. After I finished the step of carameliz...

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I tried really hard to understand the stellar ratings on this recipe and just failed. I love all the ingredients. I really do! That's why I gave this a try. Together they don't do it for me....

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Wow wow wow! So flavorful! Made it tonight and it is a new favorite. Only difference for me was that I did not have a dutch oven, so I used my crockpot. After I finished the step of carameliz...

My 1st Mediterranean dish and I loved it. I think this dish is so versatile that you can use maybe cabbage instead of artichokes, fresh green or red peppers chopped, and 1/2 pound of Italian s...

I just asked my husband what I should write as the review for this recipe. He said, "Uhhh... YUM! The end." hahahaha! It was delicious. We followed the directions exactly as written, used th...

Whee doggies! The chef wasn't kidding when he said this was an intense food experience and wasn't for bland palates. I LOVED it! My eyeballs are still sweating, but as my husband, Mr. Meat and ...

Just wanted to say this was really a gratifying meal. I also want to say that I appreciate Chef John, greatly. He's one of the most understandable, easy to follow, cooking instructors I've watc...

All I can say is WOW! Lots of flavor, full of body and substance. While the dish was cooking, my kids gathered in the kitchen to see where the amazing smell was coming from. I did not use any ad...

This was an interesting dish. A caveat to start with: the label on my cherry peppers indicated there were approximately 21 peppers in the jar, but there were only 14. That worked out for me b/...

I am trying to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor and taste. THIS was the way to go! Spicy, flavorful, delicious. Next time I will trim the fat from the thighs a bit and only quarter the a...

This recipe was awesome. If you like spicy, this is just that. The flavor was great. Not boring at all! even my picky husband liked it.