Braised Chicken all'Arrabbiata

  • 6 whole chicken legs, split into drumsticks and thighs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • One 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juices reserved
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano leaves


Preheat the oven to 400°. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken skin side down and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned, 7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter skin side up.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, crushed red pepper and bay leaf and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is softened. Add the bell pepper and poblano and cook until softened. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and boil for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the vinegar and oregano leaves and bring to a simmer.

Set the chicken legs in the skillet skin side up. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Discard the marjoram and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Garnish with the chopped oregano and serve. Servings: 6 Adapted from

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