Chicken Scarpariello

Chicken Scarpariello

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I would venture to say that, along with chicken parmigiana, chicken scarpariello is one of the most recognized chicken recipes in America. To multiply the recipe: Proceed in batches; then, once you have brought the whole thing to a boil, transfer to a roasting pan and finish cooking in a 450-degree oven, stirring the chicken periodically so all the pieces get crispy.

Click here to see Lidia Bastianich's Take on Italian-American Cuisine.


  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), trimmed, each cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage without fennel seeds, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


Calories Per Serving365

Folate equivalent (total)9µg2%

Italian inspired dishes are a frequent request with my family when it comes to dinner time. Some of our favorites are Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli, Baked Pesto Chicken, Baked Ziti, and Grilled Chicken Bruschetta.

I'm thrilled to share this recipe from my friend Jackie Ourman of CAFE (Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean). I met her last summer at the Big Summer Potluck after tasting her gluten-free coconut cake that was unforgettable! After she shared this chicken recipe with me, I tested it myself and thought it was great ' I think you will too!

My name is Jackie Ourman, I'm so thrilled to be here on tamil-recipes today. The recipes are amazing and you are some of the best and most engaged readers on any food blog out there. I met Gina last summer and was very inspired by her hard work and genuine nature. I really appreciate the opportunity she is giving me to connect with all of you here.

I recently graduated from culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and completed an internship in the test kitchen at Bon AppÃtit Magazine. So now, I suppose I can officially say I am a trained chef. Pretty exciting!

However, my most important job is being a mom of 3 incredible young boys. Two of my sons have life-threatening food allergies to peanuts, most tree nuts and sesame. One also has celiac disease and I was recently diagnosed with the same. These issues were overwhelming at first, especially when it came to thinking about what I could feed our family. You see, I had always been a big food lover but, I began to fear food and mostly the potential it had to harm my children.

I decided to go to culinary school, regain my passion for food and help my children learn to love it despite all of our dietary restrictions. Once I replaced fear of food with enjoyment again, I decided to share it with others.

Gluten-Free is not a fad for the many people out there who need it for celiac disease or other medical issues. The biggest misconception is it helps you lose weight. As in, “that gluten-free chocolate chip cookie must be healthy, right”? No way! It's a treat and loaded with sugar, butter and carbs just like any other dessert.

I really appreciate the effort Gina makes to share naturally gluten-free and healthy recipes here on her site. It's important for all of us to be mindful of the little decisions we make when preparing a meal that can lead to unnecessary calories.

Chicken Scarpariello is one of my favorite Italian dishes. It's spicy, rich and truly a comfort food. The skinny version is absolutely delicious. I kept the chicken breast on the bone and just pulled off the skin in order to reduce the fat but keep the meat nice and tender. Traditional potatoes were replaced with cauliflower florets. They are strong enough in texture to stand up to the braising process and really enhanced by the seasonings in the dish.

I like things really spicy and this version packs a lot of heat. However, the spice level can easily be modified by reducing the number of cherry peppers, leaving out the extra liquid or even just subbing in red bell peppers and using the light heat from the sausage. Either way, it will still be a very flavorful and rustic dish, which also just happens to be healthy, gluten-free and very allergy friendly. Enjoy!

Chicken Scarpariello

This is another Italian-American dish that translates as “shoemaker’s” style chicken, and consists of golden brown, pieces of roasted chicken that are topped with a tasty lemon flavored sauce. This was the most popular recipe on my old website and since I had not made it for a while I decided to make it one evening. I had forgotten how moist and tender the chicken is cooked by this method and the sauce has a piquant flavor that is delicious.

It is thought that this dish was named Scarpariello as the chicken bones protrude from your mouth as you eat them much like a shoemaker might hold tacks in his mouth as he works. Another southern Italian origin to the name comes about from the fact that even the family of a poor shoemaker in southern Italy could afford to make this dish, while yet another version to explain it’s name is that all of the ingredients in this dish can be easily “cobbled” together. Whatever the source of it’s name might be, the dish is delicious.

Some versions of this dish add sausages and vinegar in place of the lemon I have used in my version, although all of the recipes I have come across use cut up chicken pieces. Cut the chicken breast into 2 or three pieces to ensure all of the chicken pieces cook evenly. You can remove the skin as well if you prefer. I like to serve simple side dishes to accompany this dish such as mashed potatoes or polenta, and a nice crisp green vegetable.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

When To Serve Chicken Scarpariello

This dish can feed a crowd and is a perfect dish to make ahead for any gathering you might be hosting.

It’s great for holidays and Sunday dinners with family, but can certainly be enjoyed on a weeknight for no reason at all!

Since this dish is a complete meal in itself, you don’t really need to make a side dish, however, I always like to add a side of greens just to balance it all out.

My favorite side greens include sauteed broccoli rabe (also a staple in Italian family-style restaurants), green beans with garlic and oil, and my kids’ favorite, garlic broccoli.

When hosting a gathering, you may want to consider a few other dishes that could be considered “family-style”, such as Chicken Piccata, or Linguine alla Vongole.

I can’t think of a better crowd-pleasing drink to serve alongside these than our Moscato Sangria.


  • 8 chicken thighs, seasoned
  • 3 hot italian sausages
  • 3 sweet italian sausages
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 6 hot cherry peppers, halved
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, rosemary, basil, sea salt, for seasoning

Begin by cleaning the chicken thighs and patting dry with a paper towel to absorb all of the excess moisture. Season with rosemary, basil, sea salt, and black pepper or whichever chicken seasonings you prefer.

On th e stove, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Once the oil is really hot, add the chicken and cook for about 6–8 minutes, until golden brown on each side. For the sausage, pour about 2 to 3 Tbsp of olive oil into a deep skillet. Again, once the oil is really hot, add the sausage and cook for 4–5 minutes on each side, making sure to poke holes in the sausage to let the internal grease come out.

Once the sausages are semi-cooked, remove from the skillet and set aside. Once cooled down, cut each sausage into thirds.

Sauté the onions, garlic, red pepper, and hot cherry peppers in the deep skillet using the same oil the sausage was cooked in. Add a pinch of salt and sauté until the onions are golden. Continue to stir to cook evenly.

Once the chicken thighs are semi-cooked, place all 8 thighs back on the pan and pour the white wine over them. Continue to cook until the wine is boiled down, for about 5 minutes.

In a baking dish, mix in the chicken thighs, sausages, and veggies and spread evenly across the dish. Place in the oven and cook for 30–40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve. This goes well with a side of potatoes, rice or salad. Enjoy and cin cin!

This Chicken Scarpariello Has a Sauce We Want to Lick Off the Plate

Even after working in kitchens for years, I'm still a sucker for food porn. I was watching an old episode of Lidia's Italy recently and she was making one of her mom's chicken recipes. The close-ups of the golden, browned crispy chicken skin and caramelized onions frying in a shiny black cast iron skillet had me glued to the TV. I'm literally salivating as I type this!

Suddenly I was craving a similar Italian-American dish called chicken scarpariello, chicken with onions, peppers, hot pickled peppers, and Italian sausage in a sweet, spicy-sour pan sauce. I'm salivating again. It's a little different than what Lidia made, her's had potatoes and bacon, but delicious nonetheless.

Iɽ never cooked scarpariello before but really, how could it be bad? My goal was that every element be perfectly cooked, and that you should be able to make it on a Tuesday night after a long day at work—and not hate the guy that wrote the recipe after.

Notes on the recipe:

One of my biggest food peeves is when you spend a lot of time and effort to make something crispy and then drown it in sauce. Soggy. Gross. Not into it. To avoid this, instead of stewing the potatoes with the pan sauce, I roasted them cut-side down in a hot oven to get them crispy—and keep them that way. The upside of this method is that it frees you up to brown the chicken, onion, and peppers on the stove while the potatoes cook. Multitasking!

The winning detail with scarpariello is the pan sauce: White wine, chicken broth, pickled peppers, white wine vinegar, and rosemary create this savory, sweet-sour sauce that you'll want to lick off the plate (hence the side potatoes). I preferred the flavor of Peppadew peppers, so we went with those, but any pickled peppers will work.

And because the oven's on already for the potatoes, I finished the dish in the oven. Once everything is browned and the sauce is slightly reduced, you nestle the chicken back in the pan with the skin poking out of the sauce, so it can crisp up again in the oven. (That's the same technique in our perfect pan-roasted chicken thigh recipe, too, because it creates the ideal combo of crispy skin + juicy meat.)

  • 2 1/2 pounds (1.15kg) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (6 to 8 thighs)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 links sweet or hot Italian sausage (about 1 1/2 pounds 700g)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces 170g)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces 170g)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh sage leaves (about 1/4 ounce 8g)
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 hot or sweet pickled cherry peppers, thinly sliced, along with 1/4 cup (60ml) pickling liquid from the jar
  • 1 cup (240ml) dry white wine
  • 1 cup (240ml) homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) sugar

Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 4- to 5-quart straight-sided sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook, without moving, until well browned and crisp, about 8 minutes total, lowering heat if pan starts to smoke excessively. Flip chicken and brown lightly on second side, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a large plate and set aside.

Return skillet to heat without draining it and add sausage. Cook until well browned on first side, about 1 1/2 minutes, reducing heat if it starts smoking. Flip sausage and cook on second side until browned, about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Remove pan from heat, transfer sausage to a cutting board, and cut each link into 3 to 4 slices.

Return pan to heat, add onion and bell pepper, and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add sage and garlic, stir to combine, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add pickled cherry peppers and their liquid, stirring and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Add wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and sugar and stir to combine. Return sausage to pan, toss to combine, then return chicken pieces to pan skin side up, nestling them down among sauce, vegetables, and sausage.

Transfer to oven and cook until chicken is crisp and tender, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, spooning sauce, vegetables, and sausage around chicken pieces.


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How to Make Your Chicken Scarpaiello Entree


  • 4 pounds of chicken
  • 3 large lemons
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Splash of white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Pat the pieces of chicken dry with paper towels and chop half of the herbs.

In a medium bowl, add chicken, herbs, juice of 2 lemons, 1 cup olive oil, salt & pepper.

Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 24 hours.

When you are ready to cook, remove chicken from marinade and shake off the herbs.

In a large saute pan on your oven top, heat remaining olive oil and add chicken pieces on medium-high heat. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches if you need to.

Turn chicken over when it becomes golden brown. Remove chicken as they are finished cooking on each side and add to a dish.

In the same saute pan, leave garlic, add remaining herbs and saute over low heat.

Add wine and chicken stock and reduce heat.

Add butter, remaining lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Add the chicken back to the pan and pour liquid over the top of the chicken.

Garnish chicken with rosemary.

If you&rsquod like to kick up your recipe a bit, add some red pepper flakes to make a spicy lemon sauce instead.

We like to enjoy a fresh caesar salad or cold antipastos along side of the this dish. Of course, you will also need a bread basket full of garlic bread to dip into the white sauce.

Start Cooking

Prepare the Chicken Scarpariello

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large oven-safe pan, heat olive oil, and working in batches if necessary, add the chicken (place thighs skin side down). Brown on all sides, about three to four minutes per side, and transfer to a plate.

Add the sausage and potatoes to the pan and brown, about five minutes. Transfer to the plate.

Add more oil to the pan if necessary. Add onion, red pepper, and hot peppers and sauté about eight minutes. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute.

Add the wine and deglaze, scraping up the bits of chicken and browned vegetables from the bottom of the pan.

Add chicken stock. Return the chicken, sausage, and potatoes to the pan. Bring to a boil, cover, and place in the oven until the potatoes and chicken are cooked through, about 50 minutes.

Transfer to a serving plate, spoon some of the gravy on top, and sprinkle with basil and parsley.

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