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Aromatic Fennel Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min.

Makes

6 servings

Fennel adds to the flavor of this wonderful chicken dish, along with lemon, capers, wine, spices and a bit of bacon. Serve with a colorful salad or veggie for a special meal. —Rebecca Hunt, Santa Paula, California
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Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up, skin removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 fennel bulbs, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken on all sides in reserved drippings; remove and keep warm. Add fennel and onions to the pan; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Stir in the wine, lemon juice and zest, bay leaves, thyme and cayenne. Return chicken to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  4. Cook the fennel mixture, uncovered, until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes. Stir in capers and reserved bacon. Discard bay leaves. Serve with chicken.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounce-weight: 290 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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