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Sweet & Sour Sicilian Braised Chicken (Pollo Agrodolce) Recipe

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This recipe for Sweet & Sour Sicilian Braised Chicken (Pollo Agrodolce), by , is from Our Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Annette Cummings
Added: Saturday, October 7, 2006


4 whole chicken legs, cut into thighs and drumsticks (3 1/2 to 4 lb. total)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Flour for dredging
1/3 cup olive oil; plus a drizzle of your best extra virgin olive oil to finish the dish
1 small onion, cut into small dice
1 small rib celery, cut into small dice
1 small carrot, cut into small dice
1 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. good-quality white-wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup homemade or low-salt canned chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 Tbs.Sicilian capers soaked in cool water and rinsed
A few large sprigs fresh mint lightly chopped

Pat the chicken dry, season with s and p, dredge them in flour, tap excess. Heat oil on medium When the oil is hot, brown chicken on both sides, remove from pan, set aside.
Using 3 Tbs of oil, saute the onion, celery and carrot. when soft, Add sugar and vinegar ,let it bubble.
add the chicken pieces to the pan , add the wine, boil until almost evaporated. Add chicken stock and bay leaf, simmer on low heat until the chicken is tender, 30-35 minutes, Add the raisins, pine nuts and capers,simmer to 5 minutes until reduced and thickened. If dry, add a chicken stock or water. Taste for seasoning. Add more salt, pepper, a splash of vinegar, or a pinch of sugar to balance the flavors.
Arrange the chicken on platter. To the pan, add a drizzle of your best extra virgin olive oil and the chopped mint and mix it into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with mint sprigs.

Serve over plain couscous.

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Rita and I get together some days and cook. We are on this new kick to cook something we have never tried before and very different. I remembered this recipe from a magazine and we tried it. This is so so delicious, it is so worth it - really....give it a try. We haven't introduced this recipe to Mom yet, but we know you'll love it Mom. Their are so many different flavors going on, with the sweet and sour, it's a great find. Yum!!!!




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