Chicken Vesuvio

Chicken Vesuvio

Details

Braised chicken with herbs, wine, garlic, potatoes, mushroom and peas. This Italian-American dish is a specialty in Chicago.
  • Serves: 4 to 6
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
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Steps

Step 1: Browning the Chicken

• 1 whole chicken (or pieces, bone-in)
• 2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
• 2 tsp dried oregano
• kosher salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
• oil (as needed, for browning)

Method

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Cut the chicken into 8- or 10-cut pieces.

Season the chicken with the garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper.

Over medium-high heat, brown the chicken on all side using a heavy-bottomed ovenproof Dutch oven. Work in batches, if necessary. Once done, remove from the pot and place onto a platter.

Step 2: Browning the Potatoes

• 8 red new potatoes (or a mix such as russet and yukon)
• 6 cloves garlic
• 1 1/2 cups white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
• 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
• kosher salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Method

Cut the potatoes into wedges and add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and let brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile emincé the garlic. Once the potatoes are golden brown, add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Deglaze with the white wine. You can also use red, rosé or even vermouth instead of white wine, if you like.

Scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan and let reduce by about half. Add the chicken stock.

Step 3: Cooking the Dish

• 2 bay leaves

Method

Place the chicken back into the pot. Arrange it slightly so that it is in the liquid. Bring the liquid just to a boil and add the bay leaves. Cover with a lid and place into the oven. Let cook for about 20 minutes or so.

Step 4: Checking for Doneness

Method

After about 20 minutes, cut into a piece of chicken, there should be no pink at all. If so, return to the oven and check every 5 to 10 minutes or so. You don’t want the breast meat to overcook or it will become dry. If it is done before the rest of the chicken, remove it and keep it warm while the dark meat continues to cook.

Meanwhile, you can go ahead and prepare the mushrooms.

Step 5: Sautéeing the Mushrooms

• 1/2 lb button mushrooms
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter
• kosher salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Method

Clean and quarter the mushrooms. Using a large frying pan melt the butter and then sauté the mushrooms until golden and all of the liquid has evaporated.

Step 6: Adding the Final Ingredients

• 1 cup frozen peas

Method

At this point, you can remove the chicken and potatoes, reduce the sauce slightly and then finish it with a few tablespoons of butter. You can then add the mushrooms and peas and then serve the sauce on the side.

Alternatively, you can add the mushrooms and peas to the chicken and potatoes right in the pot. Let it sit covered for a few minutes to warm the peas through. Then serve immediately.

Note: The peas will discolor rather quickly, due to the acid in the wine, so don’t add them too early.

Chef's Notes

This makes for a great weekday one-pot meal. Another variation is to add artichokes instead of mushrooms.

14 Comments

  • Evelyn jane G
    Evelyn jane G
    I love the look of this recipe. I am going to give it a try. I am also wondering if, after browning the chicken, you could not do the rest in a slow-cooker (crock pot) and just add the peas and mushrooms near the end? Good for the working parents!!
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    This would work also, good idea to brown the meat first like you suggested as you will get much more flavor. You are also right about adding the peas and mushrooms just before serving, as they go brown quite quickly due to the acid in the sauce. Enjoy!
  • Linda C
    Linda C
    I made this dish last night for some friends. It was a big hit, and easy to prepare. I did everything ahead, then combined the mushrooms and peas at the end as suggested. This is a keeper for sure.
  • Carol P
    Carol P
    I couldn't get this recipe out of my head after seeing the photo in the blog post so made it for dinner the other night. It was fantastic and completely met my building expectations after looking at the picture. A few left over portions were frozen and have already made for one nice quick lunch.
  • Anthony L
    Anthony L
    Can't wait to cook this, and I'm thinking of wine pairings...to me the unctuousness of the dish points in the direction of the very versatile Pinot Noir (nice acid to pair with, good round mouth feel) especially from Oregon or more southerly Burgundy like Santenay. Pinot Nero or Barbera even - given the heritage of the dish. For whites I was thinking of an Alsatian Riesling, Pinot Gris, or maybe a white Rioja. You all might have better ideas or experience - what do you think?
  • Patrick O
    Patrick O
    Hi Anthony, I defiantly agree with all your choices and as a self proclaimed Pinot Noir lover that would be my first choice. In my opinion, your choice of region is spot on as well. Most Pinot Noir from California would be too rich and full bodied for this dish, whereas the more typically styled examples from Burgundy, Oregon, Canada, and New Zealand would make a match made in heaven. Other pairings that come to mind would include Chianti Classico, Cru Beaujolais, un-oaked or lightly oaked chardonnay, Viogner (dry), white Bordeaux - dry Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion blends, and Albarino. Actually, it would have been easier to say what wouldn’t go, don’t you think? Cheers,
  • Anthony L
    Anthony L
    All good choices - I veered away from the more dry and lemony whites (though I really love Albarino and think it's way too underrated) because I thought they might be too far. In the end, we chose a Pinotage from South Africa, and it was perfect. I don't know why I missed the Okanagan Pinots on my first selections - a reserve Quail's Creek would also have worked. As you say, an excellent canvas for pairing as there are so many things that work quite well in different ways.
  • Omar E
    Omar E
    I am planning on making this dish without the wine. I would use more broth and to maintain the acidity I am thinking of using white wine vinegar (or maybe some lemon juice at the end). How much vinegar would be going overboard? I was thinking something along the lines of 1/2 cup vinegar for 2.5 cups of stock.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    If using white wine vinegar instead of white wine, obviously you will end up with different result, particularly because this dish calls for a white wine like Pinot Grigio which is a bit sweeter. As for how much white wine vinegar to use, it's hard to say as I have not tried this recipe myself using vinegar. Also some vinegars are more acidic than others. I would say start with about 1/4 cup and then taste the sauce to see how balanced it is (not too tart/acidic etc.). Hope this helps. Cheers!
  • Omar E
    Omar E
    Yes it does. Now its time for experimenting. Since you said the wine is sweet, I am tempted to add a bit of quality grape juice.
  • Jeanne C
    Jeanne C
    Dear Rouxbe Staff, This recipe looks soo good! But I don't have a slow cooker or an ovenproof pot, would I still be able to make this recipe on the stove? Jeanne
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Yes you should still be able to cook this dish on the stovetop, as long as you have a thick bottomed pot that has a lid. Just keep and eye on the heat to ensure the bottom does not burn. Cheers!
  • Robert S
    Robert S
    I just made this for the first time, and will be serving them tomorrow. I'll be sure to add the mushrooms and peas at the end of reheating - thanks for the tip - but I just tasted the sauce as is, and it tasted a bit acidic. I'm worried I didn't let the wine reduce enough (though it reduced quite a bit). I'm sure there's a way to balance the acidity when I reheat and serve tomorrow, but am not sure what it is. Suggestions? Also, I'm a bit confused about emulsifying fat into the sauce at such a high temperature. I'm worried that it will be greasier than if I had cooked it below 212 Fahrenheit. Rules of thumb? Thanks, as usual, for your awesome help.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    The acidity should mellow out a bit as it sits overnight. Also note that this dish is generally more of an acidic dish by nature. Also, the type of wine could be a contributing factor and/or the amount it was reduced etc. As for balancing it out if need be you could always try adding a bit of stock. In this case you may need to thicken or reduce the sauce a bit. When you say "confused about emulsifying fat into the sauce" do you mean "why is the dish cooked at a higher temperature?" Many braised dishes are cooked at higher temperatures. You can certainly cook it at a lower temperature the next time if you like. The "rules of thumb" would be that there are not exact rules here. See the lessons on Moist-Heat Cooking, in particular the last topic "Slow and Low Cooking" from the "Combination Cooking Fundamentals" lesson. It often just comes down to time, the particular recipe and what you are looking to achieve. Really though, don't worry too much about it you should be totally fine. Hope you have a great meal. Cheers!

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