Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chicken with Juniper Berries

  • 4 Pounds Chicken Breast -- 8 pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion -- finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic -- finely chopped
  • 20 Medium Juniper Berries
  • 1/2 Cup Belgian Gin
  • 4 Tablespoons Water -- if needed

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter over high heat until the butter melts. Add chicken pieces and saute until golden brown, 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion to pan and saute until soft about 2 minutes. add garlic and return the chicken to the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until the meat is done about 20 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, turn the chicken over. While chicken is cooking, crush the berries with a rolling pin. When chicken is done, flambe it with the gin. Add juniper berries to the chicken and increase heat to high. Turn the chicken constantly so they are covered in berries. Add a few tablespoons water if the broth is to dry.

Makes 8 servings

Adapted from Everybody Eats Well in Belgium

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