I had never heard of this dish before coming across this recipe a while ago. I did some research on it and found there are many variations. I had picked up some drumsticks on sale and threw this together and enjoyed it.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 ounces of diced prosciutto or bacon
- 2 garlic cloves sliced lengthwise
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks, trimmed of excess fat and skin)
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock or broth
- 4 clove buds
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, minced
- 15 whole fresh sage leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- kosher salt
Pre-heat oven to 325℉, with the rack at middle-lower position. Season the chicken lightly with kosher salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder as desired.
In a large skillet (I used my 12″ cast iron skillet), heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and saute the prosciutto/bacon until fragrant, and add the garlic slices and minced garlic, cooking for just a minute or so until lightly golden. Remove and place in a small bowl and set aside.
In the same skillet without cleaning the pan, add the rest of the olive oil and heat until very hot. Add the chicken pieces, skin side down, and cook without disturbing for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Flip pieces over and cook another 5 minutes. You may need to do this in batches. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
Remove some of the rendered fat from the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons. Make a blond roux by adding the flour to the pan, and stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon or spatula until fragrant, about one minute. Add the wine and broth, slowly, stirring to make a smooth, slightly thin sauce, continuing to scrape the bottom until all the browned bits have been scraped up off the bottom of the pan. If the sauce begins to lump, whisk vigorously until it smoothes out. Add in the whole cloves, red pepper flakes, sage leaves, bay leaves, and reserved prosciutto/bacon and garlic.
Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer, skin-side up so it rests above the liquid. Place the skillet uncovered into the preheated oven and bake until chicken is completely tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Check on the chicken after about 15 minutes after you place it in the oven – the broth should be barely bubbling. If it is boiling or not bubbling at all, raise or lower your temperature slightly, accordingly.
Remove chicken from pan to a serving platter and tent loosely with foil, leaving the sauce in the skillet. Remove the sage leaves, rosemary stem, cloves and bay leaves and discard. Place skillet over high heat on the stovetop, and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook the sauce until it has reduced and thickened. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice, butter, and minced rosemary. Pour sauce around chicken, and serve.