Chicken Scarpiello

I thought today I would share one of my favorite Italian recipes Chicken Scarpiello.  Yes, I know, Chicken Scarpiello is not a traditional Italian dish.  It is believed to have originated in New York in the United State and “Scarpiello” in Italian means “shoemaker or shoe fixer”.  They’re a couple of thoughts on how this dish got its name. The first idea on how Chicken Scarpiello got its name is that this dish refers to “shoemaker style”, meaning that is a meager dish.  The second thought on how Chicken Scarpiello got it’s name may well be the fact that shoemaker refers to the word cobbled, meaning that all the ingredients can be thrown together.  My recipe uses boneless chicken breasts, but the original recipe uses a whole cut up chicken.

Chicken Scarpiello


1 package mild/sweet Italian sausage
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
2 Portobello mushrooms sliced
1 red bell pepper sliced thin
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 small Vidalia onion sliced
1/2 cup of flour
4 boneless chicken breasts
½ cup white table wine
¼ cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh Italian Parsley (optional)

In a large frying pan cook the sausage until in is no longer pink.
Remove sausage from pan, let cool and slice sausage into rounds.
In the same frying pan add the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of butter, mushrooms, red pepper, garlic and onions.
Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
Dredge chicken breasts in flour covering both sides of the chicken.
Place chicken breasts in frying pan.
Cook chicken 2 to 3 minutes on each side until no longer pink (longer if using chicken pieces or things).
Add the sausage and white wine to frying pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until wine has reduced.
Add the chicken stock, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Add a tablespoon of melted butter and 3 tablespoons of flour to pan and mix.
Lower heat, cover pan and cook for 20 minutes or until mixture thickens.
Serve over rice or noodles topped with fresh Italian parsley.

I hope you enjoy my version of this non-traditional Italian recipe for Chicken Scarpiello.

I hope you enjoy my journey of Italian Cuisine & More Recipes and of all the recipes that I have collected and saved throughout the years.  I am always looking for new, exciting or different  recipes, tips and helpful hints.  If you have any family recipes that you would like to share with me, I would be excited to share them.

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Chicken with Sweet Bell Pepper-POLLO CON PEPERONI BELL

Chicken is one of my favorite foods.   I guess I like chicken so much because there are so many different ways to serve chicken.   It is important to remember that raw chicken can carry harmful salmonella bacteria, which can cause food poisoning. By following a few easy steps when handling raw chicken this problem can be prevented.  Always wash your hands with soap and water after you touch raw chicken.  Also, make sure that all the surfaces and utensils in your kitchen that have come in contact with raw chicken are washed thoroughly with soap and water.  If bacteria are transferred to work surfaces, utensils, or hands, they could contaminate other foods, as well as the cooked chicken. Chicken should always be cooked completely before eating. You should never cook chicken partially and then store it to be finished later, since this promotes bacterial growth as well.  Okay, so with that said, I thought I would share this easy “Pollo con Peperoini Bell” Chicken with Bell Pepper.  I like to use different colors of bell pepper in this dish, if I can find them.  It doesn’t really change the taste of the dish if you only use green bell pepper, but the different colored peppers make the dish look more appealing.

Ingredients – four servings

1 chicken – cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion-chopped
4 bell peppers-green, red or yellow-sliced
½ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 sprigs Italian parsley-chopped (optional-garnish)

Place the flour and salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and coat chicken on all sides.
Transfer coated chicken pieces to a plate.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
Add the olive oil and onion to the hot pan.
Cook the onion until slightly browned (about 5 minutes).
Add the pieces of chicken to the pan and brown on both sides over medium heat.

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Add the pepper slices, lower the heat and add one glass of water.
Cover pan and simmer for 40 minutes stirring occasionally.
Place chicken on a serving dish and top with the cooked pepper and onion mixture.  Garnish with Italian parsley.

I hope you enjoy this Italian recipe for Chicken with Sweet Bell Pepper.

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