Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken thigh, 1/3 cup sauce, and about 1/2 cup polenta)

Agrodolce means "sweet and sour" in Italian--here, the golden raisins and red wine vinegar in the sauce. Both cut through the rich chicken thighs and the creamy polenta.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring milk, 1/3 cup stock, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 20 minutes or until creamy and thickened, stirring occasionally. Cover; remove from heat.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan, skin side down; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add remaining 2 cups stock, raisins, vinegar, and olives to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 12 minutes or until chicken is done. Increase heat to medium-high; cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until liquid is slightly thickened. Divide polenta evenly among 4 plates; top with chicken thighs and sauce. Sprinkle with parsley.

Ratings & Reviews

4 1/2 stars

icancookthat
August 30, 2017
A restaurant quality meal that is super quick and easy to make!  I would totally serve this to guests and it is very pretty on the plate - we had steamed broccoli along side.  The sauce is incredible with the polenta.  Definitely going on our regular rotation.

Chicken Agrodolce

daneanp
November 24, 2015
A solid recipe-everyone enjoyed it and will make it again. One change I made is that I used skinless, boneless thighs and coated with egg white then Italian bread crumbs before cooking.

Great flavors!

colettea
January 04, 2016
I really liked the sweet/sour/salty combination, plus it's simple enough to make on a week night. For step by step photos, visit: http://www.icancookthat.org/2016/01/chicken-agrodolce-with-creamy-polenta.html 

Even better the next night!

WRodgers1
February 05, 2016
Delicious and easy. I added 1/2 t. fresh thyme with the stock. It also needed more simmering time. A keeper!