Food You Can Eat: Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage and Peppers

Take that, Colonel Sanders

I couldn't snag the BA photo. In this one the source (long forgotten) used red wine, which you can, but if you make my/Mark Martínez's version yours won't look so dark.

My “it’s winter so let’s eat all the chickens” rampage continues apace. This is a really fun recipe that I got from Mark Martínez via Bon Apétit. It’s a great communal meal (in that you’re all eating out of the same batch) to share with friends/family. The recipe says that this make 4, and it really does, or it did the last time I made it.

1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
3 links sweet Italian sausage
6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
2 large onions, chopped
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped hot, sweet pickled Peppadew peppers in brine
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 sprigs rosemary
Chopped parsley (for serving)

Step 1

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°. Toss potatoes with 3 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Arrange cut side down and roast on lower rack until tender and cut sides are browned, 20–30 minutes; set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook sausages, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 6–8 minutes (they will not be fully cooked). Transfer to a plate.

Step 3

Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Cook in same skillet, turning occasionally, until golden brown on both sides, 8–10 minutes (they will also be undercooked). Transfer to plate with sausage.

Step 4

Cook onions, bell pepper, and garlic in same skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pan, until tender and beginning to brown, 10–12 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced and you can no longer smell the alcohol, about 8 minutes. Add broth, peppers, vinegar, and rosemary and bring to a boil; cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Nestle chicken into onion mixture, then transfer skillet to upper rack of oven and roast chicken 10 minutes. Add sausages to skillet, pushing them into onion mixture, and continue to roast until chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°, 5–10 minutes.

Step 5

Top with parsley and serve with roasted potatoes alongside.



  1. Big fan of the winter chicken, @MatthewCrawley, so I’m enjoying your rampage. And any main is made better by fingerling potatoes. That’s just a fact.

    I don’t have all the ingredients for this, but I’m pulling out some frozen chicken thighs so that I can have a great dinner tonight.

    • This is the recipe I found after a trip to my favorite country, the Bel Paese, Italy, where I had a version of this. After you’ve made it a couple of times it doesn’t seem so daunting, and you can add and subtract ingredients depending on what you have on hand. When I was served this, in a small suburb outside Genoa, don’t ask, it involved bus travel to outlet mall shopping with Better Half, it didn’t come with fingerling potatoes, more’s the pity.

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