Pan-braised Chicken with Rosemary and Figs

Here’s a recipe I tried last night for company.  Really good, and really simple.  What makes it work is fresh rosemary.  I think dried rosemary would overwhelm the delicate sweetness of the fig sauce.  Made it for the in-laws last night with garlic roasted cauliflower and sweet potato fries.  Great supper.  Great recipe.

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
15 fresh figs, halved
1 tsp sweet paprika, divided
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
1 ½ cups red wine

2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Sprinkle chicken with ½ tsp paprika, salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a large pan. Add chicken breasts and brown both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Add wine and figs, and sprinkle rosemary (reserving 1  teaspoon) and remaining ½ tsp paprika on top. Turn heat to medium, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.

Move chicken from pan to a plate, and let it rest covered.

Whisk the butter into the pan sauce, turn the pan to low-medium, and let reduce without a cover for an additional 10 minutes, until thickened.

Divide chicken breasts among plates, place figs on top, and drizzle sauce over the chicken and figs.  Sprinkle fresh chopped rosemary on top and garnish with a piece of a fresh rosemary sprig.

Way good!

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Lancaster Food Styles highlights the best resources our community has to offer. From farmers to markets to vendors to retailers, we highlight those members of our wonderful food community who are striving to improve the presence of the commercial and retail food industry for all the citizens of Lancaster. The food we eat and drink is important to every single one of us, and we believe that everyone is entitled to safe and healthy food and drink. We hope to engage the citizens of our city and county who care about the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We know there are many people in the community who are doing wonderful things that benefit the people of Lancaster, as customers and consumers. We hope you will let us know who they are so that we can learn and inform those who eat and drink. That, as we know, is all of us. We are all in this together. Let's build a community.

Posted on October 8, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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