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Playing Quick Chicken Scarpiello


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1/2 pound Italian sweet sausage with fennel (2 links out of the casings or bulk)
  • 1 red frying or bell/field pepper, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 to 4 sprigs (3 tablespoons) rosemary, coarsely chopped,
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 rounded tablespoons chopped, hot pickled cherry peppers plus a splash of their brine
  • Crusty bread like ciabatta, for mopping


Serves: 4


Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, and dredge in flour; shake off excess. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan, 2 turns of the pan and brown half of the chicken until crispy and golden on both sides. Remove to a plate, add more oil as necessary and repeat with remaining chicken. Brown both lemon halves, cut-side-down, to caramelize the flesh; reserve.

Add the sausage to the drippings in the pan and brown and crumble; remove. Add peppers, onions, garlic and rosemary, and season with salt and pepper. Stir 5 minutes to soften then add wine and stir 1 minute. Add chicken stock and slide chicken and sausage back in. Simmer and thicken; stir in juice of caramelized lemon and swirl in the hot peppers and a splash of their juice.