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Pollo al Mattone

Batali's Recipes

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Sometimes after a long day you just want to kick back, settle in and taste the sweet taste of a late-night Italian dish.

Luckily, expert chef Mario Batali has come to the rescue with several delicious Italy-inspired dishes to deal with your late-night cravings.


  • For Chicken and Brine:
  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • 8 quarts water
  • 1 ½ cups kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 handful peppercorns
  • 8 bay leaves
  • For Treviso and Orange Salad:
  • 4 heads of Treviso, cut in 1 inch rings
  • Segments from 4 oranges
  • 16 pitted Gaeta olives, roasted in oven at 400° F until shriveled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    For Chicken and Brine:

    Boil 1 quart of water. Add salt, sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaves to boiling water. Once salt and sugar are dissolved, add mixture to 7 quarts of cold water. Stir to dilute and mix well. Drop the pieces in the brine and let them sit overnight. Rinse, pat dry and store in extra virgin olive oil.

    Grill the oiled chicken thighs under a foil-wrapped brick on both sides, 4 minutes each side.

    Serve with treviso and orange salad.

    For Treviso and Orange Salad:

    Mix all of the above in a large bowl and serve.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chicken, brine, olive oil, oranges

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course

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