Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello
Episode: Dinner in Napa
Save Recipe Print
Chicken a la Vendemmia
Total:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Fennel Spice:

Directions

Fennel Spice:

Puree the grapes in a blender then strain through a sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of juice. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Season the chicken on all sides with salt, pepper and fennel spice. 

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over moderately high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the olive oil. Add the chicken breasts, skin side down, and brown well on all sides, about seven minutes total. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the chicken is done throughout, 12 to 15 minutes. 

Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the skillet. Add the shallot to the skillet and return to moderate heat. Cook until softened, then add the rosemary and cook briefly to release its fragrance. Add 2 cups of the grape juice and simmer briskly until reduced by half. Add the stock and any collected juices from the chicken platter and simmer until the mixture has reduced to a creamy, sauce-like consistency. The total volume of the sauce will be a little more than 1 cup. 

Cut the chicken breasts in half with a heavy knife or cleaver and return them to the platter. Spoon the sauce over and around them. Serve immediately.

Fennel Spice

Put the fennel seed, coriander seed and peppercorns in a small, heavy skillet over moderate heat. Watching carefully, toss the seeds frequently so they toast evenly. When they are light brown and fragrant, pour them onto a plate to cool. (They must be cool before grinding, or they will gum up the blender blades.)

Pour the cooled seeds into a blender and add the salt. Blend to a powder, removing the blender from its stand and shaking it occasionally to redistribute the seeds. Store in an airtight container away from light and heat for up to 4 months. or freeze for up to 1 year. 

Cook's Note

During the show, Michael added 3 to 4 quartered fresh figs to the sauce after the grape juice and chicken broth, just to warm them for serving alongside the chicken.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Almost One-Pan Skillet Lasagna 02:21

Bev gets her kids involved in making this perfect weeknight dinner.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Chicken Poppy Seed Salad Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Oven Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Marinated Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Marc Forgione

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Chicken Marsala

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Lemon Chicken Breasts

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.