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Cool Chicken Braciole Messinese

Mario Batali Simple Italian Food:
Recipes from My Two Villages

by Mario Batali,1998, Clarkson N, Potter, Inc.
(Crown Publishing Group)

Serves 4

“Braciole generally refers to the braised, rolled beef concoction sold from food stands at street fairs, but I have taken poetic license with the technique and substituted boneless chicken legs. This dish is perfect for a party because it can
be made a day in advance. The Messinese style refers to the Strait of Messina, between Sicily and the mainland of Italy, and generally implies the presence
of pine nuts, tomatoes, and often capers.”

1 1/4 cups pine nuts
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 chicken leg quarters, butterflied open and
thigh and drumstick bones removed
(this can be done by your butcher)br> Salt and pepper
2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup small black olives, such as Niçoise
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, or more to taste
2 tablespoons dried currants

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of the pine nuts, the pecorino,
and nutmeg.
Place the chicken legs skin side down on a cutting board and season
with salt and pepper. Divide the pine nut mixture among the chicken legs, filling them as full as possible. Fold the meat up and around the mixture
and tie tightly with butcher’s twine. Place the legs in a small roasting pan,
flap side down. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned and crispy
and cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix the chopped tomatoes, olives, capers, olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and currants. Place 1 piece of chicken on
each plate and spoon some over each piece of chicken and serve.

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