Nothing like a good chicken pomodoro to remind of how well the Italians like to eat.
One of the reasons I love to visit Italy is because no matter where you turn, the food is delicious.
Whenever, I have driven through rural Italy or walked in a big city, thankfully lunchtime comes around.
And no matter where I’ve stopped the food has been pretty wonderful.
I make my best to stay away from anything that caters to tourists; I much prefer something frequented by locals.
Food is something Italians take pride in, and for good reason, they take it very seriously.
Eating is about life, and sharing, and family, and freshness, and goodness, and enjoyment and pleasure.
Italian food culture reminds me of the Arabs, and how much they value food, and how it brings people together.
Cultures of the past were closer, but people today have become more preoccupied with the material side of life.
Things are different these days, we are so interconnected electronically, and yet studies show that we are so isolated.
It would be nice to get back to face to face connections, and a great way to do that, is over food.
Eating good food with those who are close to us is something we do instinctively, eating with strangers brings us closer.
Making a point to be present with others brings us closer, and sharing food is something primal.
We are social creatures and we need others to make our lives complete.
What is Chicken Pomodoro?
Pomodoro means tomato in Italian, which comes from pomi d’oro which translates as golden apple.
The first tomatoes that came across were the yellow variety, eventually the golden tomato became the red tomato.
Pomi d’oro became pomodoro making this dish simply chicken cooked with tomato.
You would think the tomato was indiginous to Italy given how pervasive tomatoes are in the food.
But tomatoes actually came to Europe from the new world where it was thought they were poisonous.
They were prized for being an ornamental plant that became known as the apples of love.
This was because of the shape and color of the tomatoes; they were commonly given by men to women as gifts.
How times have changed.
How to Make
Cook chicken until golden brown on the outside and still uncooked on the inside.
Remove chicken leaving the oil in a large pan, and add the onions, saute until soft, add garlic.
Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, stir well until well mixed, and add tomatoes and cream.
Return chicken to tomato mixture, and cook on low heat until chicken is cooked through and tender.
Transfer to plate and season with salt if desired or lemon juice.
Some recipes call for you to remove pan from heat and add vodka before removing the cooked chicken.
Chicken Pomodoro Recipe
- Heat oil in a pan. Brown chicken to give it some color. Remove chicken before it is cooked through.
- Add onions and saute until softened and translucent.
- Add tomatoes and mix well.
- Add cream and mix until you have a uniform color.
- Put chicken back in the pan and cook on low heat until tender and done, about 15 minutes.