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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gypsy Chicken - A Feast Without a Star

By Rich Ursini


Gypsy Chicken a.k.a Chicken Zingara (pronounced, Chicken Zinga-duh)
This is a wonderful dish for when you need to serve a bunch of people, but you are limited in the ingredients that you have on hand. You can and should freestyle with these ingredients you can make the dish your own. Below is my version.
- 2 Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Whole, Split Down the Middle and cut into Strips/Chunks
- 3-4 Italian Sausages
- 1 Box of Crimini Mushrooms, Quartered
- 3 Peppers - green, red or both -cut into Wide Strips
- 1/2 Cup Pickled Peppers, chopped (optional)
- 4 White Potatoes cut into chunks
- 1 Large Can Of Whole Tomatoes (Squeeze Tomatoes, Reserve the Liquid)
- 2 Large White Onions, cut into wide strips
- 4-6 Garlic Cloves cut into 3 pieces each
- Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
- 1 Cup Red Wind
1. Place the sausage in a large frying pan. Puncture all over with a fork. Place ¼ inches of water in the pan then put the heat on high. The water will poach the sausage and render a large amount of the fat. Ultimately, the water will completely evaporate and the sausage will Brown. After the sausage has browned, turn off the heat and place them on some paper towel to cool. Once cooled, cut the sausage into ¼ inch rounds then set aside.
2. Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are halfway done. Remove from the water and set aside
3. In a Large Dutch Oven, On High Heat-heat up 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the chicken pieces and set aside. Deglaze the Dutch oven with red wine
4. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the Dutch oven and sauté the Peppers, Onions And Garlic until they are softened.
5. Add the mushrooms and cook until done
6. Add the sausage, chicken, potatoes and the tomatoes which have been squeezed (and all the liquid reserved)
7. And the tomato liquid, salt and pepper to the Dutch Oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until everything is cooked and softened.
8. When done, mix in seesome chopped parsley and basil in this
Definitely serve with Italian Bread and a glass of wine.
There are a lot of places where you can make substitutions. For example, substitute macaroni or rice for potatoes. I once prepared this entire meal in a large foil pan on my barbecue grill.
You can do this. It is really easy and Delicious.
Thank You Very Much For Reading My Article. I hope you enjoyed it.
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Thank You,
Rich Ursini

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