Pollo Della Nonna translates to Grandmother’s Chicken. In our family, many of us also call this meal chicken-in-the-pot. This recipe is a simple, hearty and satisfying one-pot wonder that gets better the longer it simmers on the stove.
To prepare the chicken, pat dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a 5-quart Dutch Oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat until it is hot but not smoking. Working in batches, brown the chicken until golden and crispy on both sides, adding oil as needed. Begin with the skin side down, turning and rearranging occasionally in the pot to evenly distribute the heat. About 10 minutes. Transfer chicken from the pot and set aside.
In the same pot, reduce heat to medium and add 2 tbsp of butter. When melted, add garlic and chopped herbs. After a minute add mushrooms and let soften 1-2 minutes. Add marsala and white wine, deglazing the bottom of the pot and scraping up any browned bits from the chicken. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Add 1 tsp of salt and season to taste.
Return chicken pieces to the pot and add black olives. Simmer partially covered in the sauce until chicken is fully cooked and fork-tender. Minimum cooking time is 25-30 minutes, or reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 1 hour or longer.
To serve, use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a large platter. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Most meals in our home are flexible with wine pairings. More often than not there is a bottle of red and white on the table, and I’m the first to encourage to drink what you like! Truthfully for me, it’s hard to find a meal that doesn’t seem enhanced by a well-balanced Chardonnay, especially one that offers full-bodied texture and acidity that brightens the flavors of the food. When I cooked this recipe last night to document the instructions, we opened the 2016 Sangiacomo Green Acres Chardonnay from our family’s inaugural vintage of estate wines. The pairing was very delicious. The mouthfeel of this wine is broad and generous with subtle oak and buttery accents that draw out the earthy and savory notes of the chicken’s broth. I am also particularly fond of cooking with wine and find that it is an easy way to boost flavor in any meal.
May this recipe bring your family to the table and offer the same comfort and joy it has given our family for four generations. Salute!
– Mia Sangiacomo Pucci