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A Tasty Chicken Alla Vin Santo

Italian Dinner

This easy chicken dish is quite delicious and equally impressive for company.


  • 1 chicken or chicken parts – your choice, cut into serving size pieces
  • 1 red or purple onion – thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • garlic powder – to taste
  • 4-5 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
  • 1 cup good white wine – one you would enjoy drinking while you cook
  • 1 large yellow onion – thinly sliced
  • ½ cup vin santo
  • fresh parsley – chopped for topping
  • ¼ cup olive oil – for frying


  1. Rinse and dry well all the chicken pieces.
  2. Rub lightly with a little olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan and when the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pot skin side down.
  4. Cook over medium-high heat without moving the chicken until the skin is brown. Turn over and cook the other side.
  5. When done, remove to a place and tent to keep warm.
  6. Return the oil to medium-high heat and add all the onions and the garlic.
  7. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook until very soft.
  8. Add the white wine and cook until the aroma of the wine has disappeared.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, cover with some of the onions.
  10. Cover and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes on a lower heat.
  11. Uncover, add the Vin Santo and simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  12. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.

This is a great dish to serve with rice or polenta and a nice salad.

NOTE: Vin Santo is a delicious, sweet wine and adds a wonderful flavor to this dish. If you are not able to get some Vin Santo, a sweet or dry Vermouth can be used but it will have a different flavor.

Buon Mangiata!

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