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Aromatic Fennel Chicken Recipe

Aromatic Fennel Chicken Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 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 peel
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained


  • 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 peel, 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, for 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in capers and reserved bacon. Discard bay leaves. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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.

Reviews for Aromatic Fennel Chicken

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 159093
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Made a few changes..used precooked bacon pieces instead of bacon..and cut the recipe in half. great flavor..husband loves fennel but not cooked...I loved it.

Don't think I would use the capers again..not necessary for flavor."

Kathfree User ID: 2599508 158895
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"I made this for my family and even my picky eaters really liked it. Loved it would be a stretch. I was wonderful! When my mom broke her ankle I went to take care of her and with all the wonderful health benefits of fennel I made it for them and they LOVED it. This is a must try!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.