Chicken with Red Wine Recipe
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
- 4 part-boned chicken breasts, skinned
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) red pesto
- 1¼ cups (½ pint/300 ml) red wine
- 1¼ cups (½ pint/300 ml) water
- 4 oz (115 g) red grapes, halved lengthways and seeded, if necessary
- salt and ground black pepper
- fresh basil leaves to garnish
- #The robust red wine and red pesto give this sauce a rich color and an almost spicy flavor, while the grapes add a delicious suggestion of sweetness. Serve the stew with grilled polenta or warm crusty bread, and accompany with a piquant salad, such as rocket or watercress, tossed in a well flavored dressing.# Heat 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the oil in a large frying pan, add the chicken breasts and saute over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until they have changed color on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
- Cut the onions in half, through the root. Trim off the root, then slice the onion halves lengthways to create thin wedges.
- Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the onion wedges and red pesto, and cook gently, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes until the onion is softened, but not browned.
- Add the red wine and water to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Then return the sauteed chicken breasts to the pan and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Reduce the heat, then cover the pan and simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender, stirring occasionally to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the grapes to the pan and cook over a low to medium heat until heated through. Check the seasoning, then add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve the chicken hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves. #VARIATIONS# Use green pesto instead of red, and substitute a dry white wine for the red, then finish with seedless green grapes. A few spoonfuls of mascarpone cheese can be added at the end, if liked, to enrich the sauce.