This Chicken Murphy recipe is a tasty chicken dinner that blends sausage and peppers with chicken and potatoes covered in a spicy tomato sauce.
If you are looking for a less spicy version of Chicken Murphy, try Chicken Giambotta, a similar, milder tomato-free chicken recipe.
Authentic Chicken Murphy Recipe
Growing up in New Jersey, I was lucky to have been exposed to a variety of regional dishes. Chicken Murphy is one of those incredible dishes.
If you've never heard of it, Chicken Murphy is a popular dish served in traditional red and white checkered tablecloth Italian restaurants throughout New Jersey.
Despite its name, it is not an Irish recipe. It is an Italian-inspired stew-like dish that can be made in a variety of ways. I've been told many times this recipe for chicken murphy is the most authentic one.
Why This Recipe Works
- It is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time.
- It's made without flour, so it's gluten-free!
Here is What You Will Need
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.
- olive oil
- boneless chicken breasts or tenders
- sweet or hot Italian sausage
- cremini mushrooms
- bell peppers (red, green or orange)
- diced tomatoes
- pepperoncini + brine
Equipment Needed to Make This Recipe
Here Is How To Make The Best Chicken Murphy
Note: This recipe takes time to make; each ingredient is quickly seared in a skillet separately before baking chicken murphy in the oven. If you have a large skillet, you can saute the garlic, onions, peppers, and mushrooms together.
Get all of the ingredients ready: The ingredients are usually cooked separately cut the onions, garlic mushrooms, potatoes, and peppers.
Measure the tomatoes, pepperoncini, and brine. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 1. Brown the sausage
Brown the sausage in a skillet. Once the sausage turns brown, remove it from the skillet and set it aside to cool.
Step 2. Sear the chicken
Next, brown the chicken breast in a skillet. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet and set it aside with the sausage.
Step 3. Cook the aromatics
Brown the onions and garlic, set them aside once they begin to soften.
Step 4. Cook the vegetables
Sautee the peppers, until they begin to soften and remove them from the heat.
Step 5. Brown the Potatoes
Cook the potatoes in the hot skillet until they begin to turn golden brown on the outside and remove them from the heat.
Step 7. Transfer the meat to the skillet
By this time the chicken and sausage should be cool. Cut the sausage links and chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them back to the skillet.
Step 8. Add the vegetables
Top the meat with the remaining ingredients.
Step 9. Add the tomatoes and hot peppers
Add the pepperoncini slices, diced tomatoes and brine. Cover the pan and place it into a preheated oven, and bake.
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
This dish is typically made with boneless chicken breasts. Chicken tenders can also be used as well as boneless chicken thighs.
Any type of potato can be used in this recipe, we like yellow, red or baby potatoes the best for their thinner skin. If you like to peel your potatoes, you can used russets too.
I like to use fresh diced tomatoes when they are in season, and when they are not, I use low sodium canned diced tomatoes.
Some versions of Chicken Murphy are made without tomatoes, but since this is a New Jersey recipe, it has to have tomatoes!
Hot or mild pork, turkey, or chicken sausage can be used in this recipe.
How to make Chicken Murphy in a Slow Cooker
If you are short on oven space or it's too hot to turn on the oven, you can finish chicken murphy in a slow cooker.
Here's how: Once all of the ingredients have been browned on top of the stove, add them to the slow cooker and cook at low heat for 2 hours.
Set the slow cooker to warm until it is time to serve.
Tip! To avoid potatoes that fall apart, place them on top of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 2 hours.
Chicken Murphy can easily be made ahead of time, here's how:
Brown all of the ingredients and place them into an airtight container. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
To Serve, bring the browned ingredients to room temperature, and place them into an oven-proof dish or slow cooker.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or slow cook for 2 hours.
"I’ve eaten this dish many times in NJ. Searched for the best recipe and yours makes the most sense and tastes like the most authentic chicken murphy recipe. Thanks!" Bob
Storing and Using Leftovers
Store leftover chicken murphy in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Reheat leftovers in a covered oven-proof dish or on top of the stove over low heat.
Serve leftover chicken murphy in a sandwich in a crusty baguette or your favorite hard roll.
For another New Jersey favorite, try this Jersey Burger!
Low-Carb Chicken Murphy - Leave the potatoes out and ¼ pound more chicken.
Leave out the sausage - If you don't like sausage, you can leave it out and add an extra ¼ pound of chicken.
Low Sodium Chicken Murphy - replace the pepper brine with a tablespoon of white wine vinegar.
Chicken Murphy also tastes great served over a bed of zucchini noodles.
Chicken Murphy with pasta - leave out the potatoes or use less of them and serve Chicken Murphy over pasta.
Your Chicken Murphy Questions Answered
These are questions that I am frequently asked about this chicken murphy recipe. If your question isn't answered, leave me a comment below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.
You might be thinking from its name, that this recipe is an Irish recipe. Actually, it's an Italian-inspired dish that is rumored to have originated at the "Jersey Shore" or New York City. As with most stew recipes, there are several variations. Some recipes are made with brown gravy, but we prefer the tomato version.
Each ingredient is browned separately to avoid overcrowding the skillet. If your skillet is larger than 9 inches, you can brown the vegetables together in any combination that you like.
Yes, especially the tomatoes to keep the dish from becoming dry. Depending on the amount of meat added (up to a quarter-pound), you may not need to increase the vegetables.
Yes! You can leave out the brine, however, you will lose some of the tart pickle flavor.
We have also made it with half the amount of brine (⅛ cup) and the pickle flavor was mild but it was still there.
You can also add 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar (or more to taste) in place of the brine from the peppers.
No! The sauce will thicken from the starch of the potatoes, so there is no need to dredge the chicken in flour unless you want to.
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