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Chicken and Pancetta Saute
with summer squash / tomatoes / fried egg

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

This quick and flavorful summer chicken and pancetta saute is packed with produce and finished with a fried egg.
Smarts: This is a great meal to use up any leftover vegetables, so feel free to sub or add whatever you have on hand.



Chicken and Pancetta Saute:
  • Summer squash - 16 oz, chopped (sub zucchini)
  • Leeks - 2, white parts chopped
  • Pancetta - 4 oz, diced (look for pre-diced pancetta near the deli meat)
  • Basil - 8 leaves, chiffonade
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, chopped
  • Chicken, ground - 1 lbs (sub any ground meat)
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Eggs - 4

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Squash / Leeks / Pancetta (if not pre-diced) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Basil / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat a saute pan or wok over medium heat. Add pancetta and saute until pancetta is crisp and golden, ~5 minutes. Transfer pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp / 15 mL (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of oil (or add a splash of cooking oil if the pan looks dry).
  3. Add leeks and saute until tender, ~2 minutes.
  4. Add chicken with some salt and pepper and saute, breaking it apart, until chicken is nearly cooked through, ~5 minutes.
  5. Add summer squash and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add ground coriander, paprika, and tomatoes and saute until spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon juice and pancetta. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
  7. Heat a nonstick pan with oil over medium heat. Crack eggs into pan and fry until cooked to your liking - on one side for sunny-side up or flip to cook on both sides.
  8. Divide chicken between serving plates. Top with basil and a fried egg. Season egg with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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This meal has 30 reviews

This was pretty bland and lacking for us. For leftovers, I ended up adding cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce, which made it quite good but also a completely different dish.

By: Jenn
Posted: Aug 24, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Pretty easy and quite tasty. It was a big hit with the whole family - in part because we’re big fans of fried eggs at dinner.

By: Jessica
Posted: Aug 21, 2019
Diet: Original

Easy and pretty tasty. Used more pancetta and spices than called for.

By: Christine
Posted: Aug 21, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

I thought it lacked flavor.

By: Jordan
Posted: Aug 17, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian


By: Megan
Posted: Aug 15, 2019
Diet: Original

I love it. The pancetta is the real key to the dish, and it's delicious.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Aug 15, 2019
Diet: Original