Drunken Chicken with White Beans

  • Yield: servings


6-- chicken thighs, skin and bone removed
6tablespoons butter, softened
2teaspoons sea salt
1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2teaspoon Herbs de Provence
3/4cup port wine
1/4cup honey
1/2cup olive oil, divided
1/2cup flour
1teaspoon chicken stock paste
1teaspoon dry mustard
1-- 29 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
1-- bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced, fronds included
1/2cup chopped dried apricots
1/2cup sliced green onion
1/2cup chopped fresh basil
1cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2cup walnuts, skillet toasted in 1 tablespoon butter
-- Tapenade Dressing recipe follows


Flatten chicken thighs on baking sheet; spread with mixture of 4 T. butter, Herbs de Provence, 1/2 t. sea salt, and fresh pepper. Roll up chicken and fasten with toothpicks. Marinate chicken in mixture of port wine, honey, 1/4 c. olive oil and 1/2 t. salt for at least 30-45 minutes.
While chicken is marinating, make Tapenade Dressing (recipe follows).

Remove chicken, reserving marinade. Dredge chicken in flour, 1/2 t. salt, and 1/4 t. pepper. Heat 2 T. each olive oil and butter in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and brown both sides, turning once. Remove to baking dish and bake at 375 degrees about 25-30 minute or until chicken is cooked through. Add chicken stock paste and reserved marinade to drippings; simmer 5 minutes, scraping pan. Pour sauce over chicken just before serving. Heat remaining olive oil, 1 t. dry mustard, and 1/2 t. salt in skillet; add beans and fennel. Saute until fennel is just tender. Add apricots, sliced green onion, fresh basil and grape tomatoes; toss well. Remove to plate and toss with Tapenade Dressing; garnish with toasted walnuts.

Tapenade Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk one egg yolk until thick and lemon-colored, about 15 seconds. Add 1/4 c. each olive and vegetable oil, drizzling into yolk very slowly, whisking constantly until smooth. In a small food processor combine zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 t. chili paste, 1/4 t. minced garlic, 2 t. anchovies, 2 t. small capers-rinsed/drained, 1 t. whole grain Dijon mustard, 1 T. fresh parsley, and 1 T. pitted nicoise olives, rinsed and drained; puree until smooth. Fold into oil/egg mixture and whisk until smooth and creamy.