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HARRY CARAY’S CHICKEN VESUVIO

This may be the best tasting chicken dish you’ll ever eat!

Whenever I get to Harry Caray’s in Chicago for dinner, I usually order the Chicken Vesuvio.  His menu offers diners a choice between a cut up whole chicken or chicken breasts.  For this recipe, I’m using the breast of chicken version.

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  • Preparation Time: 30 min.
  • Cook Time: 45 min.
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen peas.
  • 4 boneless breasts of chicken.
  • 1 cup olive oil.
  • 4 medium russet potatoes.
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano.
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic.
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley.
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white DRINKING wine.
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chicken broth.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Blanch the peas by putting them in boiling water 1 minute.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
  • In a large, deep and oven safe skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the potatoes and garlic and sautee the potatoes until golden brown, stirring so they cook evenly.
  • Remove the potatoes and set aside.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and sautee lightly on both sides of each piece until it is golden brown.
  • Deglaze the skillet with the wine and reduce by half.
  • Return the potatoes to the skillet, seasoning them and the chicken with the salt, pepper, oregano, granulated garlic, and parsley.
  • Add the chicken stock and transfer the skillet to the oven for 45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees.
  • Place the chicken on a serving plate and arrange the potatoes around the chicken.
  • Ladle desired amount of sauce from the skillet over the chicken and sprinkle the peas on top.
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Peas blanched while the chicken and potatoes cook in oil and wine.

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Into the oven goes the chicken and potatoes for a 45 minute cook.