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Chef, restauranteur and bestselling author Lidia Bastianich just celebrated twenty-five years on public television! Her latest cookbook, A Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl, features simple recipes that can be made with just one dish without sacrificing any flavor. As she puts it, "There are some new recipes and some old favorites, but they all represent Italian food at its most essential." These chicken thighs are lovely with her Arugula Salad with Porcini Mushrooms as a side dish and Ricotta Cookies for dessert!
"Chicken thighs are a wonderful cut for one-pot braising. They're flavorful and juicy, but also very forgiving. A few extra minutes in the pan is not a big deal, because they're difficult to overcook. Cerignola are large and meaty green olives with a mild flavor, making them perfect for a preparation like this, although you can use any large green olive here. If they're very salty or briny, give them a quick rinse before adding them to the skillet." —Lidia
Season the chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or shallow Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes in all. What is important when cooking chicken thighs with the skin on is that you get the skin crisp, so cook on all sides until it is. Remove chicken thighs to a plate as they brown.
Add the potatoes to the skillet and toss to coat them in the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and toss until the potatoes are golden, 7 to 10 minutes. As with the chicken, you want the potatoes to get nice and golden brown. Add the onions, lower the heat, and cover the skillet. Cook until the onions begin to wilt, about 3 minutes. Uncover and add the sage and vinegar. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Uncover, stir up the crusty bits at the bottom of the skillet, and add ½ cup water. Stir in the olives. Cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is tender, about 20 minutes more. Uncover, and increase the heat to reduce the sauce slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley and sage and serve.
Excerpted from Lidia's a Pot, a Pan and a Bowl by Lidia Bastianich. Copyright © 2021 by Lidia Bastianich. Used with permission by Knopf. All rights reserved.