Chicken with Blue Cheese and Grapes

 Chicken gets all dressed up!  This dish pairs chicken with sweet alchohol, grapes, walnuts and tangy blue cheese!

 A simple chicken dish made with red grapes, tangy  blue cheese, toasted walnut all in a sweet wine (mead) sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 

I tried mead only twice in my life.  The first time was in college.  My friend made it in his basement.  He was incredibly proud of his alcoholic honey creation, he truly thought it was the best thing ever.  I, on the other hand, was not impressed.  I’d rather drink rubbing alcohol than consume what he served!  Good lord, his mead could probably fuel a car.  After that experience, I wasn’t eager to try mead again.

A simple chicken dish made with red grapes, tangy  blue cheese, toasted walnut all in a sweet wine (mead) sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Last month I did a brief culinary tour of Columbus, Ohio as part of my “Eggcellent Adventure” with the Ohio Poultry Association.  On of our first stops was a local meadery called Brother’s Drake Meadery.  My whole outlook on Mead has since changed.  It went from being this basement made, drink of the Middle Ages to this hip, adventurous flavorful drink that is absolutely delicious!  The flavor possibilties were vast and I enjoyed sampling each one.  My favorite was the Hot Shot made with Ohio Mead that had been infused with Habanero peppers.  I am a spice fanatic!  I was forutnate enough to bring home a bottle of Apple Pie Mead.  And this became part of our dinner.

 A simple chicken dish made with red grapes, tangy blue cheese, toasted walnut all in a sweet wine (mead) sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Riesling and other sweet wine make a fantastic cooking ingredient.  Riesling pairs especially well with chicken.  I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this, instead of Riesling, I used the sweetened Applie Pie flavored mead in this dish.  I know you probably don’t have mead handy, no worries, stick with your favorite Riesling or even chicken broth.  This dish is light, but has so many wonderful, contrasting flavors and textures.  I lightly sauteed the grapes with the mead mixture at the very end so that they’d absorb up the flavor of the sauce.  The whole dish is sprinkled with tangy blue cheese and crunchy walnuts.  Elegant yet simple!  I’m a mead convert!  I cannot wait to try more!

 

 A simple chicken dish made with red grapes, tangy blue cheese, toasted walnut all in a sweet wine (mead) sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 

 

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Chicken with Blue Cheese and Grapes

Chicken with Blue Cheese and Grapes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ cup Riesling
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary
  • 2 cup red grapes, haved
  • ¼ cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in skillet 4-5 minutes per side or until browned. Remove chicken to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Add remaining tablespoon of butter to skillet. Stir in shallot and garlic. Whisk in flour until blended. Carefully pour in wine and broth, whisking until smooth. Return chicken to skillet, bring to a boil and cover. Cook chicken for 10 minutes. Remove cover, add grapes and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve with walnuts and blue cheese.
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10 Responses

  1. Omg omg omg — I love that you made this with mead!!! You are so smart! We have an apple farm near here that sells AMAZING hard cider and they also have the best mead! This dish is PERFECT.
    I would also like to say that I might be a little afraid of the mead your friend made in the basement.

  2. […] Chicken with Blue Cheese and Grapes via Lemons for Lulu – Somebody pour me a glass of wine and set the patio table!! This chicken dish is made with one of my favorite things ever — MEAD. Have you ever had it? It’s wine made with honey. If you can’t find it though, something sweet like Moscato would work nicely. […]

  3. Deb

    Thanks for linking with us at MM this week Tanya. Another keeper recipe for sure! Pinned!

  4. I love that you used grapes in a savory dish. It is so fun to mix things up. I hadn’t the faintest clue what mead was before this. I learned something new today :)

  5. Tanya this meal is amazing! I am a huge fan of figuring out how to spice up a chicken breast and I would have never of thought to put grapes with it. Love the creativity and the flavas! (Also – it was nice to meet you at BlogHer! Looking forward to getting to know you better!)

    • Jessica, it was so great meeting you too! I hope we can catch up again!

  6. I’m swinging by from Cast Party Wednesday to check out your YUMMY looking posts and invite you to my link party, The Yuck Stops Here. This week’s party is open until Sunday at 8pm ET and can be found at http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2463 and next week’s party starts on Tuesday at 8pm ET and can be found at http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2474. I hope to see you there! HUGS

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