Smothered Chicken with Vinegar

close up of smothered chicken with a fork digging in and mashed potatoes

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The most fall-off-the-bone tender chicken, smothered with vegetables and flavorful rosemary, vinegar garlic sauce.



Equipment: A heavy bottomed non-stick or cast iron skillet and a large heavy cast iron pot or Dutch oven with a lid.


  1. Brown the chicken Preheat oven to 350ºF. Make seasoned flour by mixing ¾ cup flour with 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Put seasoned flour into a large plastic ziplock bag and add chicken pieces. Seal bag and shake vigorously to coat chicken. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium. Brown chicken in two batches, shaking off excess flour before adding it to the skillet, sautéing pieces about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Add more oil, if needed, and regulate the heat so the flour doesn’t burn. Transfer browned chicken to Dutch oven and season with ½ teaspoon of salt and a several grinds of pepper, to taste.
  2. Sauté the aromatics and vegetables: Pour off fat from the skillet and wipe it out so there is no flour residue. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and turn the heat to medium-low. Sauté anchovies, garlic and rosemary, stirring constantly, for a minute or just until fragrant. Scrape the mixture into a small bowl and set aside. Add 2 more tablespoons oil and cook celery, onions and carrots for 10-12 minutes over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until softened and starting to brown. Remove from heat and stir in the rosemary garlic mixture. Spoon the vegetable mixture over chicken. Combine chicken broth and vinegar and pour it over the chicken. Turn the heat up to high and when the liquid comes to a boil shut off the heat, cover the pot, set it in the middle of the oven and leave the chicken to braise for 1½ hours.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.


Make this ahead: Smothered chicken is only better the next day. If you want to make this a day head, cook it fully, let it cool in the pot, uncovered, for an hour or so and then put it in the fridge uncovered for an hour or so. Then cover it.

To Reheat: Take it out of the fridge an hour or so before dinner. Heat it slowly on the stove, covered, over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until it’s heated through. If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water.

[This post first appeared on Panning The Globe in Feb 2013. It was updated in November 2019 with new photos, added nutritional information, more clarifying details in the written post and clearer instructions in the recipe.]

Nutrition Information: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and is not a substitute for the advice of a professional nutritionist.

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