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Stewed Chicken Over Angel Hair Pasta
Stewed Chicken, Gubbian Style
I got the idea for this chicken from a recipe book I have by Mary Ann Esposito. She travels around Italy a lot and gets inspiration from the country sides of Italy. Chicken is a staple if most homes and it's nice to have a different way of making it. It can get boring making the same chicken recipe all the time.
You can make this recipe the day before and the flavors blend in the chicken, making it even better. Of course, I change the recipe a little to suit my needs and the tastes of my family.
So full of flavor this chicken gets browned first then the rest of the ingredients get added. Great juicy sauce is a result of tomatoes and wine added making it perfect for spooning over a plate full of Angel hair pasta. Add a loaf of crusty Italian bread and a glass of your favorite wine and "mangiare hardy." (Meaning eat hearty)
I hope you enjoy my version of stewed chicken, Gubbian style.
- When cooking with wine, always use a wine that you like to drink. If you use a wine you don't like, then you won't like the taste of the dish either.
- Leave the skin on the chicken, it makes it juicier. You can always take the skin off after.
- You can use fresh tomatoes if you like, but you don't get as much juice for the sauce.
- The grating cheese is purely optional. If someone in your party doesn't like it, you can always just serve at the table, leaving each person to use it if they wish.
Photos of Stewed Chicken, Gubbian Style, Over Angel Hari Pasta
Large Frying Pans
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 large white onion, chopped
- 4 chicken thighs, with bone and skin
- 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 cup white wine, of your choice
- 1/2 large can plum tomatoes, plus the juice
- to taste salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 to 1/2 lb. Angel Hair pasta
- To taste grated Pecorino Romano cheese, Optional
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion over medium heat until soft and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
- Raise the heat to medium high and add the chicken thighs. Cook until they are well browned on all sides.
- Add the wine vinegar and allow it to evaporate. Lower the heat to medium and add the sage and rosemary. Continue to cook for 15 minutes. Raise the temperature again to medium high and add the wine.
- Put the tomatoes in a bowl and squeeze them with your hands until they are mashed; you will need half of the juice from the can also. Pour the tomatoes over the chicken and season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for another 20 minutes, unclovered
- In the meantime bring the water to a boil and put in the Angel Hair pasta and cook for only about 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Try to arrange this so the pasta is done when the chicken is done.
- Put the pasta on a large platter and arrange the chicken on top and pour all the tomato sauce on top. You can sprinkle with grating cheese, if you like. Serve immediately.
A Little History of Gubbio, Italy
This information I got from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Gubbio is a town and commune in the far northeastern part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbira). It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines.
The city's origins are very ancient. The hills above the town were already occupied in the Bronze age. Gubbio became very powerful in the beginning of the Middle Ages. The town sent 1,000 knights to fight in the First Crusade under the lead of Count Girolamo Gabrielle, and according to an undocumented local tradition, they were the first to penetrate into the Holy Sepulcher when the city was seized in 1099.
Gubbio became part of the Papal States in 1631, when the family della Rovere, to whom the Duchy of Urbino had been granted, was extinguished. In 1860 Gubbio was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy along with the rest of the Papal States.
The historical centre of Gubbio has a decidedly medieval aspect:" the town is austere in appearance because of the dark grey stone, narrow streets and Gothic architectures. Many houses in central Gubbio date to the 14th and 15th centuries, and were originally the dwellings of wealthy merchants. They often have a second door fronting on the street, usually just a few inches from the main entrance.