Chicken with Pork-Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Chicken with Pork-Stuffed Cherry Peppers recipe 

A flavor bomb, this dish highlights the fragrant hot cherry pepper. I make it for company because the dish is unusual, very seasonal, and warms up well, so I can enjoy the cocktail hour, too. If you find seeded pickled cherry peppers in the deli section of your supermarket, you can skip the first step in the recipe.

In a medium pot, combine the cherry peppers, water, and vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the peppers lighten in color, from red to bright orange, and are pliable, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Add to the skillet and cook until browned all over, about 20 minutes, turning once or twice. Add the white wine and rosemary and cook until the wine has mostly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

Remove the casing on the sausage. Roll the sausage meat into little balls about the size of marbles and stuff them into the cavities of the cherry peppers. Add the stuffed peppers and the stock to the skillet with the chicken. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes for the flavors to meld and the pork to cook. It will be pale in color. Uncover and cook until the sauce reduces by about half, 10 to 15 minutes longer.

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