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Pollo al Mattone - Chicken Under a Brick

Serves: Makes 4 servings


  • 1 2 or 3 pound chicken, split down backbone or halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sapori Italiani Academia Barilla, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toscano IGP Academia Barilla
  • ½ teaspoon Sicilian Sea Salt with Black Olives Academia Barilla
  • Pepper, to taste


    Press the chicken with your hands to a uniform thickness. In a bowl large enough to fit the chicken, mix together the garlic, Sapori seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, Sicilian Sea Salt and pepper to form a marinade. Place the chicken in the marinade and allow to marinate for 2-4 hours.

    Preheat oven to 425°F degrees. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the base of the mattone over medium heat. When it is hot, add the chicken skin side down, place the weighted lid on top of the chicken and place in the oven. Cook for approximately 45 minutes, turning 3 or 4 times and basting with pan juices. Cut the cooked chicken into four pieces and serve immediately.

    Garnish with lemon slices.

by Academia Barilla, adapted by the Sur La Table kitchen

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