That sounds like a perfect combo for slow cooking on the wood stove (on a trivet) or in a crockpot. There should be no need to preboil the potatoes.We're trying some chicken,potatoes with onions that will be cooked in a chicken broth after we brown the chicken and boil the potatoes some, my Italian grandmother had the right twist on this dish.
We're shooting from the hip on this recipe, if it comes out bad I'll post it!
PS: My wife is Sicilian on her father's side and still makes Grandma's chicken the old way. It is delicious and fills the house with great aromas.