Valley Fig Growers

Braised Chicken with Fennel and California Dried Figs

Makes 4 servings


1 fennel bulb, about 12 ounces 

8 ounces (about 12-14 figs) Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Golden California Figs, stems removed 

1 whole chicken, about 3-1/2 pounds, cut into 8 serving pieces 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon unsalted butter 

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 

2 medium or 1 large leek, roots and green tops trimmed, soaked in warm water, rinsed thoroughly, cut into 1- inch lengths 

2 medium carrots, cut into 1- inch lengths 

1 garlic clove, minced 

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, bruised with a mortar and pestle or a large knife 

1 cup chicken broth 

1 cup dry white wine  


  1. Trim the stem end and the dark green tops from the fennel; reserve a few fronds for garnish. Cut fennel bulb lengthwise into quarters; cut across into 1 inch pieces. Chill in a bowl of iced water 20 minutes; drain.
  2. Place the figs in a small bowl and cover with boiling water; let stand 10 minutes; drain and cut in half.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large deep skillet until sizzling. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a side dish as it browns. Leave a thin film of oil in the bottom of the pan: discard remaining oil.
  4. Add the fennel, leeks, and carrots to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the figs and fennel seeds to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the cut sides of the fig are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  5. Add the chicken broth and the wine. Heat to a boil; boil, uncovered, over high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and the juices to the pan. Cover and cook over medium low heat until the chicken juices run clear when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.
  6. With a slotted spoon transfer the chicken and vegetables to a warmed serving platter; cover to keep warm. Boil the juices over high heat until reduced and slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the juices over the chicken; garnish with fennel fronds and serve.


Recipe source: Fig Heaven© 2004 by Marie Simmons

Photography David Campbell

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 686
  • % Calories from Fat 37%
  • Fat 28
  • Cholesterol 157
  • Protein 52
  • Carbohydrates 53
  • Fiber 11
  • Iron 6
  • Sodium 294
  • Calcium 194
  • Potassium 1200