If you’re always on the hunt for easy, flavorful weeknight meals, this Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage and Peppers had an incredible depth of flavor. Plus it always receives rave reviews.

This Italian Sausage Chicken is typically made with chicken thighs, Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and a tangy pan sauce. These simple ingredients combine beautifully to make a memorable meal. 

Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage on a platter garnished with fresh rosemary

Why You’ll Love this Chicken Scarpariello Recipe

  • Simple ingredients combine to make a tasty, flavorful entree.
  • You can use the traditional chicken thighs, but it’s terrific with chicken breasts, too.
  • This recipe is an excellent way to shake up your dinner menu! My gang loved it.

After decades of marriage, I know what I can get away with when it comes to experimental meals and the picky hubby. I spotted a gorgeous   Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage on a friend’s blog, Food Lust People Love. No obviously “offensive” ingredients are listed, like mushrooms, fennel, etc. Just layers of delicious flavors from the white wine, sausage, and herbs. I used bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts instead of a combo of dark and light meat and substituted piquillo peppers for her peppadews. This Italian-American dish showed promise.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chicken Scarpariello?

Chicken Scarpariello, also known as Shoemaker’s Chicken,  is an Italian-American skillet chicken dish that starts with browning chicken thighs (or breasts) and Italian sausage, then adding garlic before creating a pan sauce of vinegar, wine, and stock before finishing it off with sweet peppers (though jalapenos can be added for heat).

Can Chicken Scarpariello Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, just refrigerate until you are ready to gently reheat and serve. It can be microwaved gently or placed back in a skillet to reheat on a medium-low burner.

Is Chicken Scarpariello Low-Carb?

Yes, it is. If you’re following a keto diet, it’s a wonderfully delicious option. Some versions include potatoes, but mine does not.

What Do You Serve with Chicken Scarpariello?

With all those flavorful pan juices, serve with some crusty bread or mashed potatoes for soaking up the delicious, tangy sauce. Enjoy a crisp green salad and your favorite vegetable as side dishes.

Overhead view of Chicken Scarpariello on a white platter garnished with fresh rosemary

Tips for Making this Skillet Chicken

  • Use bone-in chicken breasts, thighs or even boneless chicken.
  • Try this with your favorite peppers, sweet or hot or a combination. Bon Appetit’s recipe uses hot, sweet pickled Peppadew peppers in brine.
  • Many recipes add onions, so feel free to slice, then saute them after removing the chicken and before adding the garlic.
  • Don’t like rosemary? Substitute your favorite herb.
  • Make sure your chicken is fully cooked by checking to see that the internal temperature reaches 165 ºF.

How to Make this Scarpariello Chicken Recipe

  1. Generously season the chicken breasts with kosher salt.
  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan and brown the chicken over medium-high heat. Remove to a platter.
  3. Brown the sausage, then remove it to the platter with the chicken.
  4. Then lower the heat and add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the vinegar, wine, chicken stock, peppers, soy sauce, and rosemary.
  5. Bring liquid to a boil, add the chicken, sausage, and any accumulated juices back to the pan, and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half and the chicken is cooked. You may want to put the lid on to finish cooking if the chicken needs more cooking time.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of pan sauce and a sprinkle of minced rosemary.

With a depth of flavor from the sausage, wine, vinegar, and herbs, this Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage turned out to be an over-the-top entree. Simple to make, yet a complex experience for the taste buds. I happened to have a jar of piquillo peppers in my pantry, thanks to Dorie Greenspan who exposed me to these thin, sweet Spanish peppers.

Ordinary red bell peppers can be substituted if desired when making this Italian chicken recipe. Add spicier peppers, too, if you enjoy those. Since I had all the ingredients except rosemary on hand, this Chicken Scarpariello was perfect for a memorable weeknight meal!

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Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage | A superb chicken entree with an extraordinary depth of flavor from garlic, herbs and white wine

Chicken Scarpariello with Sausage

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 6 servings

A fabulous, flavorful one pan entree that will tantalize your taste buds!

Ingredients

  • 6 bone in chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 jar piquillo peppers, drained ( 7.75 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary plus more to garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Generously season the chicken breasts with kosher salt.
  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan and brown the chicken over medium-high heat. Remove to a platter.
  3. Brown the sausage, then remove it to the platter with the chicken.
  4. Then lower the heat and add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the vinegar, wine, chicken stock, peppers, soy sauce, and rosemary.
  5. Bring liquid to a boil, add the chicken, sausage, and any accumulated juices back to the pan, and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half and the chicken is cooked. You may want to put the lid on to finish cooking if the chicken needs more cooking time.
  6. Serve chicken, sausage, and peppers with a drizzle of sauce and garnish with rosemary if desired.

Notes

May use your favorite white or dark meat chicken pieces.
Add onions if desired. Use pickled or hot peppers instead of piquillo peppers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 856mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 53g

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