Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tour of Italy ~ Day 21... Tuscany Tradition

Love Tuscany! I could spend a whole month just cooking and sampling all the known recipes from there, but my favorite that I have sampled many times is a Tuscany Tradition. Taverna dei Barbi is a well-known winery in Tuscany. Vin santo is an aged, sweet wine produced in Tuscany. Add the vin santo wine at the last minute so that the wine's rick flavor and aroma do not dissipate before teh chicken is served. So today we bring you...

Chicken in Vin Santo ~ (From Taverna Dei Barbi, Tuscany, Italy) 

  • 1 (4 lb)  chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup sweet vin santo (such as Avignonesi)
  • chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt butter with oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
  3. Working in batches, add chicken to pot and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes total.
  4. Transfer chicken to bowl.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Add onion and garlic to pot; saute until tender and pale golden, about 8 minutes.
  7. Stir in 3/4 cup dry white wine.
  8. Return chicken and any juices to the pot.
  9. Reduce heat to low.
  10. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  11. Uncover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  12. Stir in vin santo.
  13. Sprinkle with parsley.

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