Crispy Baked Chicken with Spaghetti
Aglio e Olio
8 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on)
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb spaghetti
¼ c olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c Italian (flat leaf) parsley, roughly chopped
½ tsp chili flakes (more if you like!)
Fresh grated Parmesan to finish
Aglio e Olio!
This crispy chicken is so delicious – but honestly, the star of this show is the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio!
It’s a garlicky, cheesy, classic that adds pure comfort to this simple but exquisite dinner!
Step by Step Instructions
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil and set the oven to 350°.
Melt butter in a heavy skillet over low heat and use a pastry brush to coat the chicken thighs with melted butter. Place the chicken into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper (and a little garlic powder if you like), bring the heat up to high and sear the chicken until golden brown for about 3 minutes on each side.
Remove chicken to a parchment lined baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven for about 20 minutes until cooked through.
While chicken is cooking, add pasta to boiling water and cook as per package instructions until almost al dente (about a minute off).
Add the olive oil to a heavy skillet over medium low heat. Add garlic and chili flakes to the pan and sauté gently over medium low heat for about 5 minutes.
When pasta is almost al dente scoop about a cup of the pasta water into a heat resistant cup, set aside the pasta water and drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the skillet with the garlic and olive oil along with a splash of the reserved pasta water and bring the heat up to medium high. Toss the pasta until well coated for two or three minutes (add a splash more pasta water if the pasta seems dry).
Remove the skillet from the heat, add chopped parsley, and toss until evenly distributed. Plate the pasta, sprinkle generously with parmesan and a little salt and pepper. Remove chicken from oven, nestle a couple of thighs alongside the pasta, then sit down and enjoy the fabulous classic masterpiece that you created for dinner!