Spicy Mediterranean Chicken with Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Mediterranean Chicken with Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Peppers Recipe
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Spicy Mediterranean Chicken
Chicken thighs combine with classic flavors of the Mediterranean. See more
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Spicy Mediterranean Chicken with Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Peppers

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"This is an intense food experience, not for the bland palettes of the world: succulent chicken thighs, artichoke hearts, olive, pepperoncini, and sausage-stuffed cherry peppers!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 24, 2014

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 caramelizing the onions and adding the peppers, I poured that into the bottom of the crockpot, placed the browned chicken thighs on that, and then added the stock, artichoke, olives and sausage stuffed peppers. Took about 2 and a half hours on high; would probably take at least 5 on low. Thanks again Chef John!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 22, 2014

The sausage stuffed peppers were awesome and the chicken was very tender, but the rest of the dish was a little vinegary and sweet for our taste. Made it as shown with all the suggested ingredients. The take away for us was that there were a lot of steps or ingredients that would be tasty in a different recipe. For example, the stuffed peppers would make a delicious appetizer, or be great added to a simpler casserole. The chicken technique was also good, just didn't care for the flavor combo.

May 15, 2012

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 sausage rolled into small meatballs. I will make again and again. TY

Jun 30, 2013

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 the ingredients exactly as written, and it was fantastic. We will definitely make this again!

Aug 18, 2014

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 Potatoes, put it, "There is a whole lot going on here and I'm getting tingly in the back of my head." We are trying to eat healthier, so did not have a huge hunk of Italian bread to sop up all the wonderful broth, but we made do with straight up slurping it out of the bowl.

Jan 10, 2014

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 additional heat other than the cherry peppers and substituted with turkey sausage and fat free broth. Everyone at the table had seconds and thirds. Absolutely a keeper!

May 18, 2013

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/c my bag of chicken only had 5 thighs. I am not a huge fan of sausage in general, but this recipe was so intriguing, I had to make it anyway! The chicken was not dry at all. The flavors were great at injecting some variety into the normal routine. My SO love love loved it, so I will be making it again!

May 05, 2012

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.


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  • Calories
  • 389 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 25.2 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 2461 mg
  • 98%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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