With 'Eat and Greet,' You Can Cook Along With the Chefs
As part of ABC News' "Eat and Greet" series, ABC News' Lama Hasan went inside the kitchen of New York City's Carmine's Italian Restaurant to bring you founding chef Michael Ronis' recipe for Chicken Scarpariello
Begin by washing and patting dry the 12 pieces of chicken. Place the chicken pieces into a large bowl that will both hold it and allow for mixing. Chop half of the herbs and mix with the chicken. Cut two of the lemons in half, squeeze out all of the juice, and throw the squeezed lemons in with the chicken and herbs. Add olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper and mix well.
Cover at least 24 hours although 48 hours will make it even better. Between two and three times a day, unwrap the chicken and toss thoroughly; return plastic wrap to cover.
Take a saute pan -- this will prevent a lot of the fat from splattering all around the oven top -- and add the vegetable oil. While the oil is heating up over a medium flame, take the chicken out of the marinade and shake off as much of the herbs and liquid as possible. These herbs will burn during cooking. When the oil is just smoking, add each piece of chicken slowly, sliding them into the oil and cooking all of the pieces of chicken at one time.
Make sure to use a pan large enough so that the chicken can sit in the oil without overlapping another piece. Do not turn the chicken over until it is very brown and crusty; this can take at least 10 minutes to 12 minutes. Once the chicken is very brown and crusty, turn the pieces over and continue cooking the other side until once again, all sides are all very brown and crusty. While the chicken is browning, throw at least eight cloves of the marinated garlic with the chicken into the oil, cooking them until they are brown and tender. Take out the garlic pieces and reserve. Remove the chicken pieces and place onto a bake-proof dish. Once the chicken is very brown and crusty, place into an oven and either continue cooking or keep warm on a low heat. With the saute pan that was used for browning the chicken, empty the oil or discard. Toss in one tablespoon of butter and slowly cook the chopped shallots.
Next, add the roasted browned whole garlic cloves, previously reserved, and add the remaining chopped herbs; lightly saute for one minute over low heat. Add a splash of white wine and cook for 30 seconds over high heat. Add the chicken stock and reduce until the liquid becomes dark and the taste is strong. At this point, on low heat, add the remaining butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Add more lemon according your palate. Place the chicken onto a platter one piece at a time and then pour the sauce over the chicken.