Embark on a culinary adventure straight from the heart of Naples with this traditional recipe for Chicken Scarpariello.
Scarpariello, meaning “shoemaker’s style,” is a rustic and hearty dish that brings the simplicity and warmth of Italian cuisine to the table.
This dish, with its tender pieces of chicken infused with the vibrant flavors of fresh herbs, is a testament to the Neapolitan love of dishes that are as flavorful as they are simple to prepare.
- 1 medium chicken
- All-purpose flour, as needed (q.b. stands for “quanto basta,” which means “as much as needed” in Italian)
- 3 green chili peppers
- ½ onion
- 3 small tomatoes
- 1 cup vegetable oil (in the U.S., “olio di semi” typically refers to a generic vegetable oil)
- Salt, to taste
- Red pepper, to taste (this could refer to red pepper flakes or ground red pepper)
- Parsley, to taste
- Basil, to taste
Let’s start by cutting the chicken into pieces; you can choose breast or thigh, whichever you prefer, or even both.Dredge all the pieces in flour and then immediately immerse them in a pan with hot oil to fry them.About halfway through cooking, add the tomatoes that have been previously washed and cut, as well as the chili peppers, basil, parsley, and finely chopped onion.Season with salt, add a good amount of red pepper, and let our chicken Scarpariello brown until it is ready to be served.Tips: If the sauce seems too thin during cooking, you can reduce it by cooking over a higher flame.
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