Playing Chicken Pepperoni

This dish was made famous in an old Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn movie, Seems Like Old Times. In the movie, Aurora the housekeeper’s recipe is a favorite of the Governor of California. I think my version may be popular with families and politicians alike.


Heat a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides then add to hot pan. Brown on both sides then remove to a plate and cover to keep warm.

Add another turn of olive oil to the pan along with the onion, garlic, chilies, oregano, salt and pepper; stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir a minute; add pepperoni and stir again. Add wine and scrape up drippings; add tomatoes and a few leaves basil. Simmer 20 minutes. 

Preheat broiler and place a rack in the center of the oven. 
Arrange chicken in the sauce so it’s submerged. Top with mozzarella and transfer skillet to the oven. Let brown and bubble, remove and top with a few additional leaves of basil. Serve from hot skillet.