Stuffed chicken from Basilicata
Pollo ripieno alla Lucana
Nearly all Italian regions have a poultry recipe traditionally reserved for Christmas. Pollo ripieno alla Lucana is a liver and bacon stuffed chicken from Basilicata that tastes great all year round.
Some versions of the stuffed chicken from Basilicata recipe use a mixture of salted dried pork belly and lard in the filling, while others prescribe chicken liver only. I try to get hold of lean slices of pancetta, but when that fails, I use bacon instead. The smoky and salty flavour camouflages the liver, which can be rather dominating for people not used to the taste. With bacon it’s a hit. The stuffing tastes deliciously, infuses the chicken and helps to keep the breast meat juicy.