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Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Apple & Fig Compote

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Serves four.

Stuffing chicken breasts with minced rosemary and garlic and then tying the breasts together creates little roasts infused with flavor.

For the chicken
  • 3 Tbs. fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
For the compote
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 2 oz. dried figs, cut into small dice (about 1/3 cup; or substitute pitted prunes)
  • 1/3 cup red currant jelly
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard, preferably Coleman's
  • 1/2 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
One day ahead, prepare the chicken

In a small bowl combine the rosemary, garlic, 2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Cut the chicken breasts away from the bones, leaving the skin intact. With a paring knife, cut out the white tendon on the underside of each breast. Rub the rosemary-garlic mixture all over the chicken, including under the skin, taking care to keep the skin attached to the meat. Stack two breasts so that the skin faces outward and each breast's thicker rounded end is on top of the thinner tapered end of the other. Tie the breasts together with butcher's twine, forming a little roast. Repeat with the remaining 2 breasts. Reposition any skin that may have bunched up while tying and season the roasts all over with 1 tsp. salt and a few grinds of pepper. Put the roasts on a rack over a small baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.

One day ahead, prepare the compote

Put the apple, figs, jelly, wine, dry mustard, mustard seeds, a generous pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a small saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Store covered in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Finish the dish

Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.

Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Sear the chicken until dark golden brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Return the chicken to the rack over the baking sheet. Roast until a thermometer inserted in the center of each roast reads 165°F, 20 to 30 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes. Remove the strings from the chicken and carefully slice each roast on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick medallions. Stir the toasted walnuts into the compote and serve with the chicken.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 420; Fat (g): fat g 17; Fat Calories (kcal): 150; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 32; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 34; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 950; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 80; Fiber (g): fiber g 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is an excellent recipe. The mini roast technique added flavor and a unique presentation. The pairing with compote was delicious.

This was excellent. All my guests loved it. Although the compote seems very sweet by itself, it complements the chicken perfectly. I did not have red current jelly, so I used fig preserves. I also added sautéed onion and fresh spinach to the "stuffing". The video showing how to debone the chicken breasts was very helpful. This is a good recipe for company, as all the work can be done well ahead.

absolutely delicious.... a must try and great for company

I wish that 6 stars were allowed. Followed the recipe to a "t" and it came out beautifully -- rave reviews with our dinner guests. Succulent, tender chicken with a great infusion of rosemary and garlic. I used this as part of the recipe suggested at the front of this month's magazine: the balance was perfect, even with the wine as suggested.

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