New Haven Chicken Pie

New Haven Chicken Pie
Recipe type: pizza
  • 8 (3-3 ½ pound) whole chickens, skinned and halved
  • 2 cups extra virgin (or 100%) olive oil
  • 1 cup garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup oregano
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 quart dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, garlic, oregano, hot pepper, parsley, wine, salt and pepper, and mix well until the chicken is coated.
  3. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on sheet pans. Pour any remaining liquid over the chicken.
  4. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  5. Remove the foil and let the chicken cool. Pour off any remaining cooking juices and set aside. Separate the chicken pieces back into the remaining cooking juices.
  6. Topping suggestion: Build a pizza with a tomato and cheese base (tomato sauce is optional on the original version).
  7. Add some of the chicken base, top with thinly sliced onion (preferably red onions), rendered bacon pieces and a sprinkling of oregano and romano cheese.