Chef Lidia's Chicken Scarpariello
- 2 small fryer chickens (about 2 1/2 pounds each, preferably free-range)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil, or as needed
- 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage (preferably without fennel seeds), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 10 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
- 4 pickled cherry peppers, cut in half and stemmed
- 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup Chicken Stock or canned reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
Cut each chicken into twelve pieces as described in preceding recipe. Wash and pat the chicken pieces dry, then season them generously with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 475 Fahrenheit.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add to the skillet as many pieces of chicken-skin side down, and starting with the leg, thigh and wing pieces-as fit without touching. Cook the chicken, turning as necessary, until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
Remove the chicken pieces as they brown, and drain them briefly on paper towels. Place the drained chicken pieces in a roasting pan large enough to hold all of them in a single layer. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding more oil to the pan as necessary and adjusting the heat to prevent the bits that stick to the pan from over browning. As room becomes available in the skillet after all the chicken has been added, tuck in pieces of sausage and cook, turning until browned on all sides.
Remove all chicken and sausage from the pan, add the garlic, and cook until golden, being careful not to burn it. Scatter the cherry
peppers in the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and stir for a minute. Pour in the vinegar and bring to a boil, scraping into the liquid the browned bits that stick to the skillet, and cook until the vinegar is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the roasting pan and stir to coat. Place the chicken in the oven and roast, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick
and sticky, like molasses, about 10 minutes. If the sauce is still too thin, place the roasting pan directly over medium-high heat on the stovetop and cook, stirring, until it is reduced, about a minute or two. Once the sauce is thickened, toss in parsley and serve.