This dish is a must try! I can honestly say those words and truly mean it. My daughter found this recipe and made it for dinner a few years back. Talk about a tough audience; my guys are extremely vocal when it comes to food and I am not shy about voicing my opinions either. Olives are not exactly eaten in abundance in my home to say the least. Cooking grapes we were also not sure we were going to be on board with that concept either.
Since we have all been asked to try things out of our comfort zone; especially over the last few years; we were going in with an open mind. Or at least I was, again my guys what can I say, won’t go down without a fight. My kitchen is most definitely the heart of my home, we all hang out on the island which had two levels, the bar height is where we eat and the counter top height is our prep area. When you are making something someone is a little on the fence about, they tend to watch very closely what you are doing.
My daughter rose to the challenge and hit it out the park. Dinner was just plain delicious, had she not made this for us, I am positive I would not have had the courage to make it. Since then I have not only made it a few times for my guys and even for company. I have taught this dish in one of my classes that I hold in my home.
The combination of the olives, grapes, shallots with the white wine and chicken stock plus the last sprinkling of fresh rosemary just melds beautifully in your mouth. I strongly suggest making this dish; it comes together quite easily; especially if you purchase the chicken already cut up in pieces, with minimal ingredients and you could have it on the table in just about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450’ with the rack in the middle of your oven
3-4 lbs chicken cut up – you can also use parts – thighs, drumsticks and/or breasts – bone in and skin on
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup or jar pitted Kalamata olives
2-3 shallots thinly sliced
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tbs finely chopped rosemary
Pat chicken pieces dry, season well with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet (cast iron if you have it) over medium-high heat until it shimmers
Working in batches, brown chicken, skin side down first and turning them over once, about 5-7 minutes per batch
Don’t move chicken until it releases itself and is nicely browned
Return the pieces to the pan, skin side up, and surround the pieces with grapes, olives and shallots.
Roast chicken in the oven until It has cooked through and the juices run clear, about 20-25 minutes
Transfer the chicken, grapes and olives to a platter, then add wine and chicken broth to the pan juices in the skillet
Bring liquid to a boil, scraping up any brown bits, until it has reduced by half, 3-5 minutes
Pour over chicken and garnish with rosemary
Recipe adapted from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook 2012