Sunday Suppers: Chicken Puttanesca
This is my favorite red sauce.
Pasta Puttanesca, also known as "hooker's pasta" made by the puttanes (ladies of the night).
I love all of the stories that go with this sauce, most of them probably lore, but it's funny to think about this sauce being made in a brothel!
This is excellent over pasta, but even more delicious as a stew with chicken.
I served it over rice, but feel free to serve it over linguine and mop up that sauce!
Don't skip the anchovies, they are the most important ingredient.
~ 8 bone in chicken thighs, skin removed (the skin makes the sauce too greasy)
~ 1 can anchovies with oil
~ 3 tbsp olive oil
~ 1 onion, sliced thin
~ 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
~ handful of capers
~ handful of good black olives (kalamata or gaeta) NEVER use canned rubber olives!
~ 1 28 oz. can of San Marzano tomatoes with juice (you can use any canned tomatoes, crushed or chopped tomatoes are fine too)
~ splash of balsamic vinegar
~ fresh oregano or basil if you have it
~ dash of hot pepper flakes
Season chicken thighs with salt & pepper and brown them on both sides in olive oil in a heavy Dutch oven, about 8 minutes total.
Transfer chicken to a platter and set aside.
Add the onions, garlic and anchovies w/ oil to the pot and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. The anchovies will break up and dissolve.
Now add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
Place chicken pieces back into the pot and turn down the flame to low.
Simmer with lid on for 45 minutes.
Serve over rice or pasta.
The whole dish looks wonderful. It is funny thinking that the ladies of the night cooked such a delicious pasta sauce to lure in their customers.