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Chicken Scarpariello {Sweet and Sour Chicken}

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Chicken Scarpariello…a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!

Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!


Next week this time I am going to be relaxing poolside in Cancun. I’m dreaming of palm trees and tropical drinks. I am really looking forward to some rest and relaxation! Did I mention tropical drinks?!

Right now we are getting another cold spell in New England. It is supposed to snow tomorrow, and then again on Tuesday, which is great for my kids who are thrilled to have some more time on the ski slopes. But I could do without the cold!

So right now I’m going to say a relaxing vacation would be one of my list of favorite things to do. Especially when it involves sunshine, palm trees, pools and beaches!

Speaking of favorites, I’m going to give a shout out to some of my favorites today.

Blue Apron – Sometimes you just want someone else to plan dinner, and Blue Apron does that. I never thought I would use a subscription meal service, but I really do like it. The meals are delicious, and they are great for when you get in a cooking rut. I don’t get meals every week. I only schedule them for those weeks that I know I’m going to be really busy. They also have a way to recycle their packaging, and I like that as well. Maybe at some point I’ll try another subscription meal service as well, but I’ve been quite happy with the meals we’ve gotten so far from Blue Apron.

My Pillow – I haven’t watched television in years. I know, I’m a little weird in that respect. So I’d never even heard of My Pillow until after my surgery, when a friend who is a physical therapist told me that some of her patients had said good things about it. During my recovery, I actually watched a lot of tv, and I saw all the commercials. But honestly, if my friend hadn’t said something to me, I doubt I would have purchased one. I’m just don’t necessarily put a lot of stock in television ads. I tend to listen to the opinions of people I trust more. I had no idea a pillow could make such a difference. They have different ones based on certain factors like how you sleep, and I’m glad I looked at that before I ordered mine. With my neck and back problems, My Pillow has been a lifesaver!

Ford C-MAX ENERGI – This is a plug-in hybrid that I’m driving for the next few months. I have talked about it in a couple of my recipe posts in the last few weeks, but in case you are new here, I want to preface this by saying that while I do have the use of this car for the next few months and I am being compensated, everything I say here is my opinion.

That said, I really love driving a hybrid!

The green technology aspect is important to me. If you do a lot of around-town driving like I do, a plug-in hybrid is a great choice. PHEVs can be a lot less expensive to operate than vehicles with gas-powered engines, because they allow you to travel on electricity stored in the battery rather than more expensive gasoline. I have only put a half of a tank of gas in the car since I started driving it in January!

There is a ChargePoint Charging Station downtown on our Green, so once a week I plug the car in and go work on the blog at the coffee shop where they have wi-fi. It’s nice to get out of the house and get some new scenery. Plus there are no cats walking across my computer at the coffee shop. I have several “helpers” at home.

driving on energi

Check out the MPG below…106.8! That is just amazing, isn’t it? But what is also interesting is the stats that they give you for every trip. Do you see the Brake Score under the Trip Summary? Basically the higher the score, the more efficient your braking is, which extends your electric-only range. When you brake, it regenerates energy that you can use for driving. I’m trying to be more conscious of my braking. Smooth and steady braking is best for recharging the battery via regenerative braking. I feel like 95% is pretty good, but I don’t always do that well. I’m getting better though.

Brake score

But now, on to our Chicken Scarpariello recipe, which is another one of my favorites! Can I just tell you how in love I am with this sweet and sour chicken recipe? The sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

I have made this twice in the last couple of weeks. You know you have a winner when one of your kids tells you “that chicken dish was really good!”

The thing that makes this sweet and sour chicken dish is the Peppadew peppers. I am so addicted to those peppers. I have been known to snack on them, but usually I stuff them with goat cheese and bake them until the goat cheese is hot and melty. They make a great little appetizer. My daughter loves them that way too. If you’ve never had Peppadews, they are a sweet and spicy pepper that shaped like a cherry tomato, grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.  You find them either in jars and oftentimes at the olive bar at your local grocery store.

Let’s get started with making our Chicken Scarpariello!

Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!



Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and heat your oil over medium heat while you’re dusting your chicken with flour.

I use a cast iron pan with an enamel coating that I can pop right into the oven…no point in getting more pans dirty than you have to. This is an easy clean up dish!

Brown your chicken on both sides, and then transfer the chicken to a plate. Then add your sausage to the same pan. Brown the sausage links, drain them on paper towels, and then cut them into slices.

Return your pan to the heat, and add the sliced onions and red pepper. There will be some brown bits on the bottom of the pan…scrape those up and mix them with the onions and peppers. Once the onions and peppers have softened, add the garlic, sage and rosemary and stir to combine. Continue cooking for another minute or so.

Add the Peppadews, Peppadew liquid, and the white wine to the pan. Stir and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced by half. That should take a couple of minutes.

Then add the chicken stock and the freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir to combine. Add the chicken and sausage back into the pan, and transfer the pan to the oven. If you don’t have a cast iron pan you can put in the oven, just transfer it to a casserole dish. Cook for 30 minutes, until the chicken is tender. Remove the rosemary sprigs and serve immediately.

Doesn’t it look good?! If you like a little sweet and sour tang to your food, you are going to LOVE this Chicken Scarpariello recipe!

Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!




I hope you enjoy this Chicken Scarpariello recipe as much as our family does! If you make it, share a picture on Instagram and tag me at @dishofdailylife! I can’t wait to hear how you like it!


Chicken Scarpariello {Sweet and Sour Chicken}

Chicken Scarpariello {Sweet and Sour Chicken}

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!


  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • all purpose flour or cornstarch for dusting (can substitute cornstarch if you are gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin into rounds
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 8 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, finely minced
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup Peppadews, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pickling juice from Peppadews
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. I like to use a cast iron pan with enamel coating that I can put right into the oven to finish the dish.
  4. Dust chicken with flour (or cornstarch, for gluten free).
  5. Brown chicken on both sides; transfer to a plate.
  6. Add sausage to same pan the chicken was cooked in, and brown on both sides.
  7. Remove sausage and drain on paper towels, then cut into slices.
  8. Return pan to heat, and add onions and bell pepper. Scrape browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon while the onions and bell pepper are cooking. Once they start to soften, add the garlic, sage, and rosemary, stirring to combine. Cook for about a minute.
  9. Add the Peppadews, Peppadew liquid and white wine. Continue to stir and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.
  10. Add the chicken stock and fresh lemon juice, stir to combine. Return sausage and chicken to pan.
  11. Transfer pan to oven and cook for 30 minutes, until chicken is tender. Serve immediately.


I like to serve over cooked rice to soak up all that delicious sauce, but it's optional for this recipe...just my personal preference.

We are a family of 5, but I like to cook enough for leftovers. If you decide to half the recipe, I would simply half the chicken, and not the rest of the recipe. You'll just end up with more wonderful sauce!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: approx .25 lbs of chicken per person
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 7gProtein: 15g


Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!


Chicken Scarpariello...a flavor packed sweet and sour chicken and sausage dish with Peppadews and red bell peppers!




Thursday 23rd of July 2020

I cooked this tonight, and it is absolutely delicious! I didn’t change a thing. I had never heard of a Peppadew pepper before this. Now I have them in my pantry, and they will be a staple. Yum!


Saturday 8th of April 2017

Looks delish! Some in my family only like white meat. Would using some white meat along with the thighs be good, or would they be too dry?

Michelle Nahom

Saturday 8th of April 2017

Definitely feel free to use chicken breasts instead. When I have done that, I have cut the meat into large chunks, but I am sure you could do it either way. I just happen to prefer thighs. Enjoy!

Kriska Marie

Friday 24th of March 2017

Looks gorgeous and I bet it's delicious too! Thanks for sharing it over at Food Friday. Excited to see what you'll be sharing next! :)


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Looks delicious, and I love that it has peppadews in it. And enjoy the trip, you deserve an escape from the cold!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Hi Michelle, Your Chicken Scarpariello Sweet and Sour Chicken looks fabulous! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

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