Chicken Scarpariello

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 28 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 18 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan

2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

3 hot cherry peppers, drained and chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped or thinly sliced

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup chicken stock or broth

1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls

2 tablespoons juice from hot pepper jar

Orzo with Parsley and Lemon Zest, recipe follows

Orzo with Parsley and Lemon Zest:

1/2 pound orzo

Coarse salt

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it

2 large lemons, zested

Black pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls


  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Cut chicken into large chunks and season with salt and pepper and poultry seasoning. Add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil to the hot pan, 1 turn in a slow stream. Set chicken into pan and do not turn for 2 or 3 minutes or you will tear the meat. Brown chicken 3 minutes on each side and then remove all of the chicken to a warm plate. Add bell peppers, hot peppers and garlic to the pan. Saute the peppers and garlic for 5 minutes, tossing and turning them frequently. Add wine to the pan and reduce 1 minute. Scrape up the pan drippings. Add the chicken stock and bring it up to a bubble. Set the chicken back into the pan. Toss the parsley with the chicken and peppers and cook the chicken through, 2 or 3 minutes. Scatter a little hot pepper juice over the pan and serve the Scarpariello over a bed of lemon orzo. WOW!

Orzo with Parsley and Lemon Zest:

Yield: 4 servings
  1. Cook orzo in salted water about 12 minutes, to al dente. Drain orzo well. Do not run under cold water. You want the cooked pasta to remain hot. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl. Drizzle orzo with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add lemon zest and parsley and toss to combine the flavors with the pasta.