Recipe: Rosemary Chicken

A great way to prepare chicken cutlets: rosemary chicken

Here’s a simple chicken dish that I learned from my childhood next door neighbor Amelia who was originally from Genoa, Italy.  My mother prepared this dish at least once a weak during the winter months (my sister and I would jump with joy when we saw this dish at the dinner table).  Amelia had her own rosemary bush in her backyard (preserved in winter with a glass dome) but you can buy your rosemary at the market!  

That’s it; you’ll be amazed at the wonderfully rich rosemary flavor and how tender the chicken becomes!  I like serving the chicken dish with white rice and a fresh, mixed green, salad.

Recipe: Rosemary Chicken
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Serves: 6
  • Rosemary chicken is best prepared with day old chicken cutlets made from chicken thighs or breast (here's my chicken cutlet recipe). Start by adding a bit of chicken stock to a saute pan (about 1 cup) and a good bunch of fresh rosemary. Bring the ingredients to a slow simmer and add your chicken. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes with a lid (turning the chicken once during the cooking process). You can add a bit of freshly chopped parsley and black pepper just before serving.
  1. -8 chicken cutlets (made from the breast or thigh); if you have leftover chicken cutlets then all the better.
  2. - 1.5 cups of chicken stock
  3. Bunch of fresh rosemary
  4. Bunch of fresh parsley
  5. Freshly ground black pepper


chicken breast and rosemary with a green salad


    Love Rosemary Chicken..simple food, simple ingriedents, tons of flavor! Good food, no Great food, doesn’t have to be complicated!! Love the blog!

  2. Sounds wonderful to me!

  3. Vincent, I found your recipe about a month ago made it for my family of 10 and it was a hit. My husband says it’s a MUST to have at the table once a week. Thank you soooooo much for sharing it, I love the childhood story you add too, “dolce vita!” ……..The Italian life IS for EVERYONE! 
    Gina Marie 

  4. We have rosemary in our yard too (several plants actually) and they seem to thrive with little to no maintenance. All you need to do is plant one, forget about it for maybe a year or two so that it can be big enough where taking branches from it won’t kill it, and you now have unlimited rosemary. You don’t even need the glass dome for the winter (at least not in South Jersey, and I’m pretty sure it’s not THAT different =P )

    • Thanks for the comment, John. I think the only given is lots of sun, as i’ve killed many rosemary bushes because of starting them in a sunny spot in a pot and then making the mistake of planting in the shade.

  5. I feel silly asking, but what is day-old chicken? Leftover? That chicken has a nice golden crust. Was it dredged in flour and sauteed the day before?

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