In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add the fennel, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the fennel is golden brown and almost done, about 12 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the fennel is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove the fennel and the cooking liquid from the pan.
Wipe out the pan and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over moderate heat. Season the chicken with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Add the chicken to the pan with the remaining 1 teaspoon of rosemary and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until almost done, about 3 minutes longer. Add the garlic; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the fennel and its cooking liquid and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and remove from the heat. Let steam 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
Menu Suggestions: Soft polenta is an appropriate accompaniment to this Italian-style dish. Mashed potatoes are another good match.
Wine Recommendation: The fennel and the rosemary will pair especially nicely with a full-bodied red wine that has a hint of sweetness, such as a Rioja from Spain.
I made this tonight for my family of four. I used two fennel bulbs and adjusted the liquid accordingly. I made a side of yellow polenta using chicken broth/water and added chopped fennel fronds with some of the smaller stalks and chopped parsley for some crunch and color. I had to adjust the cooking time of the fennel dish because I used four big breasts. Everything came together beautifully and was delicious! I received three very happy thumbs up.
We had leftover raw fennel from another fabulous recipe so this dish seemed perfect. I added extra rosemary and a dash (1/2 cup) of wine at the end of cooking. We ate the dish with no sides as it was filling, delicious and easy. Fennel is an unexpected treat and not often used. This is a great way to use this wonderful vegetable!