My Italian-American roommate (actually, my landlord) introduced me to this recipe, which he remembers, was made famous locally by Frank Sinatra’s chef (hence, the name: chicken scarpariello). As what is typical with Italian-sounding meals, the pronunciation sounds way different from the spelling (check it out from your favorite dictionary), but the meal is simply juicy and appetizing. My roommate also tells me that this is believed to be a “poor-man’s meal,” with 3 main ingredients: chicken, garlic, and lemon juice. We even checked out online recipes; he was surprised to see a number of liberal variations made by other chefs on the meal. Some even add sausages to make it tastier.
To make this particular recipe we recently had at home for dinner, please prepare the following ingredients:
5 pieces of chicken thighs, with skin, cut to smaller chunks
3 whole peppers, cored, sliced and diced
9 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium-sized onion, minced
4 tablespoons of butter
15 tablespoons of lemon juice – adjust according to quantity of chicken
1 cup of white wine
2 cups of regular flour
1 cup of olive oil
1) Boil the chicken cuts for at least 1 hour in medium fire. When done, drain the broth but keep 2 cups for use later. Let the chicken cool down.
2) Flour the chicken. Pour olive oil in your frying pan, set fire to medium. When oil is hot, start frying the chicken. Fry until the chicken cuts have been lightly browned. When done, drain excess oil from the chicken and set aside in the meantime.
3) Saute the garlic and onions in the same pan you have used in browning the chicken, using the same olive oil. After which, toss in the minced peppers, and stir. Add in the butter, then followed by the white wine. Saute for at least 5 minutes, and add in the chicken broth, and stir. Turn off fire. This will be the main sauce of this meal.
4) Set oven at 350 degrees.
5) On a roasting pan that has aluminum foil on it, set in place the chicken cuts. Then pour all the sauted ingredients from the frying pan onto the chicken cuts.
6) Give the chicken parts ample dash of the lemon juice – this will give the chicken its tangy flavor.
7) Bake for at least 1 hour.
This is good for 4 persons. Make sure you serve this meal while hot, and with your favorite side dish. Enjoy!
Note: adjust the recipe by giving the chicken a dash of salt to taste. We usually don’t put salt while cooking our meals at home.