Stovetop slow-cooked chicken with sun-dried tomatoes in a tangy white wine sauce. Serve over pasta and dinner is served!
Slow-cooking is all about simple pleasures. This Italian-style braised chicken vino bianco delivers on that front — it cooks on the stovetop in white wine, aromatic seasonings and sun-dried tomatoes. You end up with moist, fork-tender meat and a delicious tangy pan sauce that’s perfect with fettuccine pasta.
It’s so easy to rely on chicken when you’re searching for dinner ideas. Yes, those ubiquitous boneless, skinless breasts cook quickly and go with just about everything, but let’s agree to agree: white meat is too often dry and boring. On the other hand, bone-in parts like chicken thighs and legs are where the flavor is.
My recipe calls for chicken thighs (and legs, if you like), with the skin removed. After an hour and a half cooking time, the meat becomes tender and falls away from the bone, making it little effort to pull the bones out and tear the meat into bite-sized pieces.
Similar recipes I’ve seen for this dish, like this “copycat” chicken vino bianco from the Olive Garden restaurant chain, include cream to enrich the sauce. I prefer a lighter sauce, but if you’d like to add a touch of richness, an option is to add a few tablespoons of heavy cream before serving.
braised chicken vino bianco with fettuccine
Yield 4 - 6 servings
The best pan to use for this stovetop braised chicken is a 3 or 4-quart capacity deep skillet or heavy saute pan with a lid.
Look for dried tomatoes that are plump, pliant and brightly colored, rather than very hard, brown ones.
- 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs or a mixture of half chicken thighs and legs
- Kosher salt (I use Diamond brand)
- Black peppercorns in a grinder
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed); coarsely chopped
- 1 1/4 cups dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
- 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
- 3 fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs
- 1 pound dried fettuccine or tagliatelle pasta
- 2 or 3 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Season the chicken on all sides with 2 teaspoons of the salt and 15 grinds of black pepper. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken and turn it to coat.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a 3 or 4-quart deep skillet or saute pan. Add the chicken in 2 batches and sear until golden on both sides. Remove to a platter.
- Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes.
- Pour in the wine. Add the stock or water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Put the herb sprigs on top of the chicken. Cover the pan and turn the heat down to a very low simmer. Cook 1 1/2 hours. The chicken meat should be tender and falling off the bone (if not, cook an additional 15 minutes).
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
- Using two forks, shred the chicken in the pan into large chunks. Discard the bones and stir the meat to combine with the pan sauce. If you're using cream, stir it in.
- Pour the chicken and the pan sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle with the cheese and parsley and toss everything together.
Courses main course/chicken
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