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Chicken Braised with Dried Fruits - Recipe

Savory chicken and slightly sweet fruit make a wonderful combination. Using all dark meat ensures lots of flavor and a uniform cooking time.
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Chicken Braised with Dried Fruits Recipe
  • Soak fruit in wine. Preheat oven to350° F.
  • Mix salt, pepper and flour in a plastic or paper bag. Add  chicken pieces, 2 or 3 at a time and shake to coat lightly.
  • Heat oil in an oven-proof  heavy skillet or pot, with a cover,  and brown the chicken. Add onions and fennel, stirring for a minute or two to toast the seeds. Add fruit and wine plus 1/2 cup water. Stir to loosen browned bits from the pan.
  • Cover and bake about 45 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Good served with rice, polenta, noodles, or mashed potatoes. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
-1 cup coarsely chopped dried fruit: a mixture of figs, apricots, prunes, raisins, etc
-1 cup wine
-1/4 cup flour, more if needed
-1 teaspoon salt, plus ground black pepper to taste
-8 pieces chicken legs, thighs, or a combination
-2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
-1 onion, chopped
-2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed or coarsely ground
-1/2 cup water