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Pollo al caffè

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pollo al caffè

Pollo al caffè

Chicken with coffee, pollo al caffè, is not really an Italian recipe. Actually, it is not even a real recipe. If anything it is a way to marinate meat or fish, using coffee. 

Here is the way our friend Elena prepares the dish. She uses drumsticks and serves them as starter or aperitifs.

  • Prep Time 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time 35 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 300 kcal


  • 12 drumsticks
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 100 cl of espresso coffee
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • salt, olive oil


  1. Let the drumsticks marinate overnight in the coffee
  2. Fry the drumsticks in a pan, searing all sides
  3. Add the diced onion, celery and garlic and chili pepper
  4. After five minutes add half of the marinate and cover the pan
  5. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes
  6. Remove the chicken and reduce the sauce


Pollo al caffè is not a difficult dish to prepare. One should though start the day before serving it. The chicken must marinate for at least twelve hours.When using other pork this can be reduced to six hours. And fish -white fish such as monkfish - to two hours.Instead of using just caffè espresso, you can add cinnamon and cardamon. It will result in a Mexican style dish.Now how do you serve this dish? Well it can come in many identities. As a starter or main dish. Or as Elena does, as part of the aperitif food. That is why she covers the bone with appropriate kitchen towel.What do you drink with it? Go for a Inzolia spumante by Coppola1971. The fruitiness of the inzolia grape balances the slight bitterness of the dish.

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