Devil’s Chicken – Pollo alla Diavola

Devil’s Chicken – Pollo alla Diavola

By 10/10/2013

Nobody knows why "pollo alla diavola" is called like that.

Certainly this is a spicy dish which can remind you of flames and fire!! Anyway just make sure you don't add too much cayenne pepper like I did. I certainly thought my mouth was on fire when I had it , whereas my husband seemed to happily munch away.

That's why I desperately needed a glass of wine after each mouthful. You can imagine how tipsy I got after this fiery meal! Next time I will make sure..

With the exception of the excess pepper I absolutely loved this chicken. It is just like putting on a barbecue as the taste is pretty much the same: smoky and full of flavour. Definitely a must try dish! Perhaps at the weekend?:-)


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1 hour 10 minutes



Wash and clean the chicken removing the giblets. With the scissors, starting from the breast, cut the chicken into half

cutting the chicken

Butterfly the chicken and then flatten by pressing your hands over it

pressing on the chicken

Massage it all over with salt, olive oil, lemon juice, finely chopped rosemary and with the cayenne pepper.

Devil's Chicken

Put it in a large pan, saute the chicken with the split downwards, placing a lid on top which is smaller than the pan and seal for 4 to 5 minutes over a medium to high heat. Then turn over and repeat.

Devil's Chicken

Carry on cooking the chicken over a medium heat turning from time to time until cooked.  A chicken that weights 1Kg will take about 1 hour to cook. Check by pricking with a fork whether it is still pink in colour

Devil's Chicken

Serve piping hot!

As I have used rosemary in the chicken, I am entering this into Cooking with Herbs hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.



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14 Responses to Devil’s Chicken – Pollo alla Diavola

  1. gloria

    thid chicken look delicious!!

    • Alida

      Thanks Gloria!

  2. Javelin Warrior

    Such a beautiful chicken, Alida! I’ve never attempted to cook a chicken in a pan on the cook-top like this before, but I’m intrigued by the technique…

    • Alida

      Yes it was the first time for me too and I will surely do it again. It is just so simple and the barbecue flavour you get is amazing!

  3. Elizabeth

    What an unusual way to cook a chicken! This sounds delicious and thank you for sharing your recipe with #ShopLocal 🙂

    • Alida

      You are very welcome. I really like your challenge!

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Che meraviglia il pollo alla diavola, io l’ho sempre cotto alla griglia, proverò a cuocerlo in padella, il tuo sembra perfetto! Un abbraccio e felice week end!

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I too enjoy a good pan-roasted chicken. Your devil’s chicken looks fingerlickingly good!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  6. unikorna

    It looks fierce that is for sure….You can turn any ordinary dish into something spectacular 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks sweetie 🙂

  7. Kalyan

    looks delicious….just mouthwatering!

  8. Karen

    FABULOUS recipe and I DO love spatch-cocked chicken as it cooks so nicely! GREAT cooking with herbs entry thanks Alida! Karen

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