Chicken Murphy

Chicken Murphy


Chicken Murphy, a beloved Italian-American dish, blends the savory richness of chicken with the robust flavors of peppers, onions, and spicy cherry peppers. Rooted in the heart of New Jersey’s Italian-American communities, this dish reflects the fusion of Italian and American culinary traditions.

Background and History

Named after a popular Irish-American bartender, Chicken Murphy was born in Newark, New Jersey. Known for its bold and spicy kick, this dish has become a staple in Italian-American households, showcasing the influence of diverse cultural flavors in American cuisine.


4 servings


Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


Chicken Thighs or Breasts (1.5 lbs)

Boneless and skinless for convenience.

Bell Peppers (2, assorted colors, sliced)

Adds vibrant color and sweetness.

Onion (1 large, thinly sliced)

Enhances the savory profile.

Spicy Cherry Peppers (1/2 cup, sliced)

Provides heat and tanginess.

Garlic (4 cloves, minced)

Adds aromatic depth.

Chicken Broth (1/2 cup)

Enhances the sauce.

White Wine Vinegar (2 tbsp)

Balances the flavors.

Italian Seasoning (1 tsp)

A blend of oregano, basil, and thyme.

Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Used for sautéing.

Salt and Pepper to taste

Adjust according to your preference.

Fresh Parsley (2 tbsp, chopped)

Garnish for freshness.


Sear Chicken

Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, and sear the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove and set aside.

Sauté Vegetables

In the same skillet, sauté sliced onions, bell peppers, and minced garlic until softened.

Create Sauce

Add spicy cherry peppers, chicken broth, white wine vinegar, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Stir well to combine.

Simmer Chicken

Return the seared chicken to the skillet, allowing it to simmer in the flavorful sauce for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked.

Garnish and Serve

Sprinkle fresh parsley over the dish before serving to add a burst of color and freshness.

Nutrition Facts

(Per serving – based on 4 servings)

Calories: 350

Total Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 90mg

Sodium: 700mg

Total Carbohydrates: 15g

Protein: 40g


Serve over rice or pasta to soak up the delicious sauce.

Adjust the spice level by modifying the amount of cherry peppers.

Allergy Warning

Contains garlic. Adjust ingredients accordingly for dietary restrictions.

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