Rome at the table: Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers, the Traditional Dish of Ferragosto in Rome

Among the dishes of Roman cuisine, there is one dish that embodies the authenticity and culinary tradition of this fascinating city: Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers. It is a dish with ancient roots and often associated with the celebrations of Ferragosto in Rome, although it is not exclusive to that holiday.
This dish, rich in history and flavors, is an icon of Roman gastronomy, especially celebrated during summer holidays like Ferragosto.

The Historical Roots of Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers
The origins of this dish lie in the humble peasant kitchens of Rome, where creativity and culinary ingenuity transformed basic ingredients into authentic delicacies. Although shrouded in the mystery of centuries past, it is presumed that the earliest versions of this recipe date back to that period when access to ingredients was limited, and cooking was based on simplicity and practicality.
The arrival of peppers from America in the 16th century marked a fundamental moment in Roman gastronomy. These vibrant vegetables, with their sweetness and slightly bitter taste, added a new dimension to local dishes, enriching tables with new nuances of taste and aroma.
The recipe in question perfectly embodies this fusion of culinary traditions. The chicken, tender and succulent, becomes the protagonist of a dish that skillfully balances its delicacy with the lively profile of the peppers. The encounter between the two ingredients creates an explosion of flavors in the mouth, while local spices and aromas complete the dish, giving it a unique and unforgettable character.

How to Prepare Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers
The traditional preparation of Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers involves a series of steps that require care and patience. The necessary ingredients are:
Chicken breasts, preferably skinless
Red and yellow peppers, sliced into strips
1 red onion, sliced
Finely chopped garlic
Peeled tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of red chili powder (optional)
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)

In a large skillet or pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown on both sides. Transfer them to a plate and set aside.
In the same skillet, add a little olive oil if necessary and add the sliced onion and chopped garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until they become soft and translucent.
Add the pepper strips to the skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they become soft.
Add the chopped peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, red chili powder (if desired), and dried oregano. Mix well and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
Add the golden chicken back to the skillet, submerging it in the pepper and tomato sauce. Cover and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes over medium-low heat, or until the chicken is completely cooked and tender.
Serve the Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers hot, sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley as garnish. It pairs well with white rice or roasted potatoes.

Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers in Modern Times
Despite the evolving culinary trends and the introduction of new preparation techniques, Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers remains a staple in Roman and Italian cuisine. During summer, especially on Ferragosto, Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers holds a place of honor on Roman tables.
Today, this dish is often served as a main course, accompanied by simple sides like roasted potatoes or fresh salad, and continues to be appreciated by residents and tourists as an integral part of its rich gastronomic tradition.

A Tribute to Roman Culinary Tradition
In a constantly evolving world, it is refreshing to discover and appreciate dishes that carry centuries of history and tradition. Roman-Style Chicken with Peppers is much more than just a dish; it is a symbol of Rome's culinary identity, a celebration of the simple yet genuine flavors that have made Roman cuisine famous worldwide. Whether it's Ferragosto or any other day of the year, immersing oneself in this dish is an experience that brings one closer to the rich gastronomic culture of the Eternal City.

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