Pollo Alla Potentina – Authentic and genuine cuisine

Pollo alla potentina
La Basilicata e il suo pollo alla potentina

Chicken Alla Potentina: Today we move to Basilicata, a land that I had the opportunity to explore during my campervan holiday last year.
A place, Basilicata, where traditions are still deeply rooted. Authentic cuisine with simple and genuine products.
Specifically, we are in Potenza, the capital of the region, defined the city of stairs precisely because of the continuous intersection of floors and gradients.
The awakening of the Potenza cuisine takes place only between the late 50s and the early 60s of the 1900s. A great cultural awakening brought many men of culture to the city and this led to the birth of taverns and the great turning point of the Potenza cuisine.
The recipe that I propose today is the Chicken Alla Potentina; a recipe in which there is an explosion of perfumes given by the various ingredients.

22 Luglio 2019 translated from the blog viaggiandoatavola i luoghi e le tradizioni enogastronomiche

Ingredients
  • 3 Pounds Chicken — In 8 Pieces
  • 2 Cans Tomatoes — Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion — Sliced
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Large Pepperoncini Peppers — Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley — Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Romano Cheese — Grated
  • Salt And Pepper — To Taste
Pollo alla potentina: How to make the Chicken Potenza style:

Saute onion in oil for 3 minutes.
Add chicken and brown well.
Add wine and pepperoncini.
Reduce wine by half.
Add tomato, basil, parsley, and romano.
Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cook for 1 hour.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serves 4.

Regional recipe from Basilicata 

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