Chicken Breasts with Fennel

An unusual but delicious combination of ingredients. Fennel, often used in French and Italian cuisine, provides a fresh accent to the taste of chicken.


2 medium fennel bulbs (also known as anise)

2 tablespoons olive oil, separated

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 whole chicken breasts, halved, skinned and boned

1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chicken broth


1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

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Trim the top and bottom from the fennel bulbs. Peel off the outside wilted layer. Cut the bulbs in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook very slowly until they just begin to color, about 8 minutes. Add fennel. Continue cooking until onions and fennel are nicely browned but still crunchy, stirring occasionally. Mix in mushrooms and garlic. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Set aside.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to pan and saute for 8 minutes until chicken is browned. Turn over and continue cooking another 4 minutes. Stir in red peppers and cook 4 more minutes. Remove chicken and peppers from pan, cover to keep warm.
To the same skillet, add chicken broth and honey. Cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes stirring to deglaze pan. Pour over fennel mixture. Add chicken and peppers. Stir in vinegar. Cover and heat 5 minutes.
To serve:
Spoon vegetables onto a platter. Top with chicken and red peppers.
Serves: 4