Pollo alle olive in teglia
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For 6 to 8 people
salt to taste
1 cup black olives
4 sage sprigs
2 wide strips lemon peel
1 clove garlic olive oil
1 small green garlic stalk (or 1 clove garlic)
grated zest of 1 lemon
splash white wine
2 cups hot chicken stock
pepper to taste
The day before making the dish, have the butcher cut your chicken in 10 pieces and skin them. Instruct them to keep the back, as it will impart great flavor to the final dish.
Salt the chicken generously, cover and refrigerate.
When ready to start cooking, remove the salted chicken from the refrigerator and place on the counter to come to room temperature.
Rinse the olives well and place them in a small bowl. Squeeze them lightly with your fingers to loosen the flesh.
Pick the leaves off 1 sage sprig and rub them and the lemon peel strips between your palms to release their essence. Smash the garlic clove without peeling.
Add the rubbed sage and lemon and the smashed garlic clove to the olives then cover everything in olive oil.
Mince the green garlic to a paste with a generous pinch of salt and mix with the zest. Pick the leaves off the remaining sage sprigs and rub them between your palms to release their essence.
Select a sauté pan wide enough to accommodate the chicken pieces in one comfortable layer. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil in it and add the lemon/green garlic mince.
Set on gentle heat and add the sage leaves. Soften for 4 to 5 minutes stirring often to prevent burning and sticking.
Add the chicken pieces and bring the fire to medium to brown lightly on both sides, still stirring to ensure the garlic doesn't burn.
Raise the heat to high and deglaze with the wine. When you no longer smell the acidity, but just the sugar, pour the stock all over the chicken.
When the stock start boiling, lower the heat to medium low and cover the pan.
The chicken will need to cook for 30 to 35 minutes in a lively simmer. It will get quite tender. You will have to return to it often to ensure it is not burning nor sticking and has a bit of liquid on the bottom.
Discard the garlic clove and pour out some of the excess oil from the olives then add them to the chicken.
Braise for another 10 to 15 minutes, adjust salt and pepper. Transfer to a warm platter and serve.
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Viola's Italian Kitchen