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Chicken Cacciatore With Fatback

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 20


  • 12 oz scored, optional fatback
  • 5 cloves 2 chopped, 3 mashed, divided garlic
  • 1 diced green bell pepper
  • 1 diced, divided in half onion
  • 2 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 (16 oz) package cooked and kept warm linguine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 (35 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • dried oregano
  • 6 torn fresh basil leaves


Add the fatback to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, bell peppers and onions to the skillet. Cook until tender, about 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a plate.

Add Frank's Marinara Sauce, stirring to combine. Return the chicken to the skillet and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over the linguine.

Frank's Marinara Sauce:

In heavy pot, heat the oil. Then add the fatback (if using) and garlic and sauté until golden brown. Remove the fatback, then add the onions and sauté until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes (crush by hand into the pot). Bring to a boil, add salt to taste, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper and oregano to taste.

After finished, turn off the heat and add the basil.