Lee Harrelson
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half, about 1/3 cup vegetable mixture, and 3 tablespoons sauce)

Bone-in, unskinned chicken breast halves work well for roasting because the meat stays moist in the oven's high heat. Substitute dried apricot halves for dried plums, if you prefer.

Total time: 50 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450º.

Step 2

Drizzle oil in a small roasting pan or the bottom of a broiler pan. Place pan in oven 5 minutes or until oil is hot. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken, skin sides down, in pan. Arrange garlic, shallots, thyme sprigs, and fennel around chicken; sprinkle vegetables with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bake at 450º for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Turn chicken over; stir vegetables. Add plums to pan. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken and vegetable mixture from pan; discard thyme sprigs. Discard skin. Loosely cover chicken and vegetable mixture; keep warm.

Step 3

Place pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup broth and wine, stirring to loosen browned bits. Combine flour and remaining 1/4 cup broth, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan; stir until well blended. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute or until slightly thick. Stir in chopped thyme, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve sauce with the chicken and vegetable mixture.

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Ratings & Reviews

Yummy

carolfitz
August 30, 2016
I've made this several times and it always comes out great.  Note to self:  don't add cooking time even if the breasts are large - as written is perfect.  Tonight I served this with roasted garlic couscous but mashed potatoes would be awesome too.  The gravy is easy and makes the dish.  You don't even miss the chicken skin.

carolfitz's Review

daneanp
February 14, 2010
Easy to prep in the morning, then assemble just prior to roasting. Great flavors, nice gravy/sauce. Served with brussels sprouts and buttermilk-mashed potato. Nice winter meal.