Chicken breasts with rosemary, pine nuts & verjuice

Chicken breasts with rosemary, pine nuts & verjuice

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins - 35 mins

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Serves 4

A healthy chicken dish, full of flavour

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  • 50g raisins
  • 100ml verjuice
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, skin on
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 25g butter

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  1. Put the raisins and verjuice in a bowl and microwave on defrost setting (or warm gently in a pan) for 5 minutes, then cool. Strain, reserving both raisins and verjuice.
  2. Strip the rosemary leaves from the stalks and reserve the leaves for another use. Put the stalks into a bowl with 3 tbsp olive oil and a little freshly ground black pepper. Add the chicken breasts and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Choose a wide frying pan with enough room for the chicken breasts to cook with lots of space between them. Toss the pine nuts with a little olive oil over medium heat in this pan until golden brown, then cool on a paper towel.
  4. Heat the butter in the pan until golden brown, then add 1 tbsp olive oil to stop it burning. Pan-fry the chicken, skin side down, over moderate heat until golden, 6-10 minutes. Turn and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. (The total cooking time depends on the thickness of the meat, but two-thirds of the cooking time should be on the skin side.)
  5. When the chicken is cooked, season, remove from the pan, then rest, skin-side down. Discard any butter from pan and toss in the raisins. Pour in the reserved verjuice and deglaze the pan over the heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the pine nuts and return the chicken to the pan. Taste the sauce for seasoning before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2004

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gingerbadcat's picture

This chicken looks delicious but it would appear that ver juice is a highly specialised ingredient .... Is it available in supermarkets ?

Donna Dutton's picture

Verjuice (or verjus) is unfermented grape juice made from unripe grapes. It can be used instead of vinegar - it doesn't clash with dishes that have wine in them, the way vinegar does, though it is pretty tart.

strawberrywhip's picture

Whats verjuice??

livigirl's picture

Is there a substitute for verjuice please?