Polenta Topped with Roast Chicken, Peppers and Tomatoes

Forget store bought air fresheners, roast a couple tomatoes and peppers and the house will smell great

This is a great way to use up left over polenta. It is also a quick meal that can be served during the week.The aroma of roasted tomatoes, peppers and oregano is quite intoxicating and lingers well after dinner is finished.

I used chicken thighs, but breasts would be fine as well. Any good melting cheese would work for the top along with the goat cheese, I happened to have mozzarella on hand. Fontina and Gruyere would be excellent options. The polenta can be poured into any shape or cut into squares and topped as individual servings. Or you can make a fresh batch and let it cool while the vegetables and meat roast.

Polenta topped with Roast Vegetables and Chicken

  • 1 batch polenta
  • 6-8 medium Roma tomatoes cut in half
  • 2-3 medium red bell peppers seeded and cut into large bite sized pieces
  • 4 chicken thighs skinned and de-boned
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
  • 5-8 cloves garlic cut into quarters
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 cup Romano
  • 4 tbsp goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup quality melting cheese
  • Salt/pepper
  • Olive oil

On a baking sheet place the tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle 1 tbsp oregano and season with salt and pepper. Mix well to coat, flip the tomatoes so they are skin down and clear a space in the center of pan. Coat chicken in oil, sprinkle with 1 tbsp oregano and season with salt and pepper. Place in the center of pan. Squeeze juice out of orange half and drizzle over roasting pan. Roast at 370 degrees until chicken is done and vegetables browned, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle some romano and remaining oregano over polenta. Spoon vegetables and chicken on top and sprinkle the rest of the romano over it. Dot with goat cheese and remaining melting cheese. Bake until cheese melts and polenta is reheated, about 15 minutes.

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62 Responses to Polenta Topped with Roast Chicken, Peppers and Tomatoes

  1. easybaked says:

    That looks AMAZING! All that cheese…yum!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m a sucker for goat’s cheese and have been experimenting with polenta lately… This looks scrumptious and such a quick and easy meal if you have leftovers… Yum!

  3. I will be honest, I am NOT a huge polenta fan.. I’m more of a grit fan myself lol. But this dish looks amazing. And why am I getting hungry right now.. its 1 am here lol.

  4. So many lovely flavours together – bet this tastes incredible. Beautiful photo too!

  5. This sounds amazing, my favoriate quick flavors too. Yum!

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Since I “discovered” 5 minute polenta, I rarely have any left over now. I’d make a fresh batch for this dish, though. All that melted cheese … it looks delicious.

    • How does the taste compare to the slower stuff? Or are you using the regular stuff? Did you do a post I’ve forgotten about or WORSE didn’t see!

      • ChgoJohn says:

        Zia, my 88 year-old Aunt, hasn’t used the “slower stuff” since I introduced instant to Mom and her some 15 years ago. In fact, she gave me the copper “polenta pot” her father brought her from Italy. That’s about the best product endorsement I can muster. And no, I’ve not posted a polenta recipe yet and, seeing yours, I may not. This is really a good one, Greg.

      • Thanks! You’ve written enough about Zia, I trust her too.

  7. Sissi says:

    A lovely air freshener idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously the dish looks fantastic! (even though I’m not a huge polenta fan…)

  8. This looks so good. I love the air freshener suggestion, too.

  9. This looks like a pizza ๐Ÿ™‚ and I am sure it tastes even better than the smell ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Damn, you guys eat well at your house. I’ll have this one for tomorrow please.

  11. I’m adding roasting tomatoes to my helpful household tips respiratory. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This looks great – despite being Southern, I’d rather have polenta any day.

  12. Polenta with cheese. Yummmm

  13. This looks amazing! And I’m sure it tastes just as good as it looks!

  14. This is my kind of meal

  15. spicegirlfla says:

    I think you made a good choice using the chicken thighs for a richer, juicier taste. Chicken breasts have their place in many dishes but I don’t like to sacrifice flavor just because the thighs might be a bit fattier. Fat means flavor, right!!! And top all that on polenta, oh my, totally yummy comfort food!!

  16. Rachel says:

    People have “leftover”polenta? Boy, not around here! (grin). This looks great… and I love the individual servings idea. Mmmm can almost smell that oregano!

  17. Kelly says:

    Oh my… how delicious looking is this. There’s something about the combination of fresh herbs and molten cheese (not to mention roasted tomatoes) that is positively irresistible.

  18. midaevalmaiden says:

    your food always looks so yummy. I never heard of polenta, but I copied down the recipe with plans to try it.

  19. JamieAnne says:

    Wonderful! Looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Looks great! And I’m always pro chicken thighs over breasts! So much more tasty!

  21. Vickie says:

    Wow, roasted tomatoes, peppers, chicken and oregano … with cheese … and polenta?? I can smell that aroma now! My first visit to your site, but it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read through more.

  22. egg me on says:

    Great stuff. The roasted chicken thighs look amazing. I just imagine how awesome the house smelled with all that good stuff roasting.

  23. Looks tasty – I love polenta, it’s such a comfort food. And I’m definitely also a fan of dark poultry meat over white meat.

  24. Judy says:

    Layer them any way you like, you cant go wrong with these flavors. YUM!

  25. Ooh, this looks delicious. I like how colorful it is!

  26. Kristy says:

    I still haven’t tried cooking with polenta at home yet, but you keep tempting me with all of these great recipes. You know I’m eventually going to have to give-in. This one actually looks like a meal that I could get all four of us to eat, so I just might give it a go.

  27. Kelly says:

    Greg, I have to ask, the picture that we see at the top of your blog (the warm bar/resto image) where is it from? (my husband just loves it and we were curious whether this was yours?)

    • Yes, it’s mine. It’s from a little pub we stopped in on the way to the whisky trail in Scotland. Or maybe on the way back from there. Let’s see it was lunch, so yes we were driving south. I don’t recall the town. But it was just the quintessential pub, little stools, a low ceiling, a big fireplace and great food. The image is flipped. I didn’t have a long one that fit so it’s the same image on two sides.

      • Kelly says:

        The flip is very cool and I would have never known had you not pointed it out – love the feeling of this place.

  28. I’ve never been huge on polenta, but I think this dish could change my mind! It looks amazing!

  29. wow this looks delicious

  30. Leo Cotnoir says:

    Sounds great!

  31. Looks great, I’ve never really got to grips with polenta but when I see if like this with all that fresh goodness on top I think I must give it a go.

  32. Caroline says:

    Uhhh yes please. I can’t stop staring at that photo and its cheesy goodness. Sounds like my perfect meal!

  33. Oh, how cool… polenta is like an “alternate” pizza base…good alternative!! Lighter!! (at leats in taste… don’t know about calories…lol)

  34. Tiff says:

    Now I realllllly want dinner. Somehow, I just don’t think my leftover tofu will compare. That dish looks delish!

  35. Ginger says:

    Roasted peppers are my favorite smell!! This dish looks lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Yummy!! I say the polenta looks absolutely amazing!! I totally agree with you on the air freshener part. Roasted peppers and tomatoes is much more inviting ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. rsmacaalay says:

    I would choose chicken thighs as well for those recipe! The flavours on that this are awesome!

  38. Now this is what I call a comfort food meal – what a fabulous idea!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

  39. Charles says:

    Why oh why can I not find fresh oregano *anywhere* in France? So unfair! It’s like blackcurrants… I’m convinced that the French are stealing all blackcurrants to brew their damn cassis alcohol with and not leaving any leftover for the people who like to eat them! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • I don’t know how anyone affords fresh spices period. We really rely on the ones we grow. The fresh herbs at groceries here aren’t the best quality, are in tiny packages and cost a ton. Our farmers markets are great for cheap, good basil.

  40. Beautiful. I made gazpacho tonight, but you’ve got me thinking that tomorrow’s tomato dish is going to involve some heat…

  41. Karen says:

    Polenta is such a wonderful food that must have soaked up all the lovely juices your dish had. Really yummy.

  42. Erin says:

    Can’t want to make this – looks amazing!!

  43. Just in time, as I have a complete polenta/cornmeal thing going on right now. even attempting to make biscuits out of them. I like this, bit of a pizza spin on it?

  44. scholasticfood says:

    This looks super delicious! I love meals that make lots of leftovers and I’m a sucker for anything with lots of cheese! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. ambrosiana says:

    I really like the idea of using chicken drumsticks instead of chicken breasts since polenta needs a richer taste! Bravo!

  46. Zo Zhou says:

    Heh, yeah screw air fresheners! Food wins every time ๐Ÿ˜€ My mother lets mandarin peels dry out on the kitchen window ledge. Our flatmate dried bananas in his dehydrator, smells gorgeous. Tomatoes with garlic and red peppers though?! Dang.

  47. Sarah521A says:

    it looks soooooooo finger linkin’ gooooooood ๐Ÿ˜€

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