Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes). Talk about tender, flavorful chicken that just falls off the bone. Paired with those lovely slow cooked peppers and tomatoes, makes this a dish you will always come back to. Get that bread, because there is some amazing sauce to scoop up!
Song of the day: "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce.
Going back to my roots!
As of late Nicoletta has been really inspiring me back to my roots of food and cooking. This Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes) does just that, a traditional dish from Rome packed with luxurious flavors and outrageous textures! It is also called 'Pollo alla Romana', and in Rome and the area it is traditionally eaten at Ferragosto (mid-August festivity).
There are going to be many more of these comforting dishes coming, as Nicoletta and I try to preserve our Italian even though we are in Canada. What does that mean? Well it means simple cooking, great ingredients, and supper around 7:30 pm, lol. We are so excited to share these recipes with all of you. Furthermore, come and join us in our kitchen, for some fun, laughs, wine, and plenty more as we show you how to make this dish!
Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes), simple ingredients, and little time
This dish has very few ingredients, here they are:
- chicken thighs and legs (you could also use a whole chicken and cut it up)
- extra virgin olive oil
- peppers (long or bell)
- tomatoes canned and fresh (we used San Marzano and heirloom tomatoes)
- fresh basil
Doing the prep is always a great start
I am a somewhat organized person, not ocd, however I like things in their place and function is a huge plus for me. Likewise, in cooking I try to follow the same principles. For this Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes), it is very important to have all the ingredients prepped and ready. Peppers cut, onions chopped, tomatoes diced, basil washed and dried.
Let's get to cooking this Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes)
- Firstly, we need to brown the chicken. A little drizzle in a deep saute pan, in goes the garlic pressed and ready to release all that goodness.
- Likewise a bit of heat in the pan and in goes the chicken. We want all sides to have a beautiful golden brown color. This releases all those natural sugars and juices, making for some delicious rendering in the bottom of the pan.
- Secondly, put all those slivered peppers and chopped onions on top, covering the chicken. This is taking the flavors of that chicken up a few more notches. Place a cover on the pan, lower heat to a medium setting and let that steam for a bit.
- Thirdly, time to put our diced tomatoes and canned tomatoes into the pan, a nice stir and time to season with salt and pepper. More so, we need to add some aromatics with the fresh torn basil. Cover the pan again and let that simmer on low heat for some time until chicken is falling off the bone.
- Lastly, the finishing touch. Plate the Roman-style Pollo coi Peperoni (Chicken with Peppers and Tomatoes), sprinkle some more fresh torn basil, and that my friends is that. Time to eat. Oh, don't let any of that sauce slip you by, a good amount of rustic bread will help you take care of that, lol. In Italian we say: fare la scarpetta.
If color could speak
In my world, color goes a long way. It has a way of invoking joyfulness and in this case a growl in my stomach, lol. The richness of that pepper and tomato sauce, more so adding in the aroma of those sweet peppers united with white wine, garlic, and sauce, makes this dish a show stopper. It sings comfort , Italian, and pure deliciousness before you even taste a forkful!
Time to taste
Look at that chicken, it just falls off the bone and those peppers are like silk. The flavor is ten fold. Rich, sweet, acidic, and that chicken moist, succulent and beautifully bathed in that sauce. I am having the time of my life with the bread cleaning my plate. It is so so good. Thank you Nicoletta for inspiring me back to my roots!
Want a wonderful dish to serve to your family. I know they will love this one. It surely will become a favorite. From our kitchen and hearts to yours, Enjoy!
P.S: Check out some of these other classic Italian dishes:Print