Chicken with Roasted Grapes and Shallots Bon Appétit | December 2009

by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

This is an incredibly simple recipe with an impressive payoff: Golden roasted chicken is dressed up with beautiful bunches of sweet grapes.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

1 1/4 pounds assorted seedless grapes (such as green, red, and black), cut into small clusters
6 large shallots (about 10 ounces), peeled, halved through root end
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme plus 6 large sprigs
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 4-to 4 1/2-pound chicken, excess fat removed from cavity

Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently toss grape clusters, shallots, chopped thyme, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in large bowl to coat. Rub chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle inside and out with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place thyme sprigs in cavity. Place chicken in large roasting pan; arrange grape mixture around chicken. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken thigh registers 165°F and grapes are shriveled, about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Transfer chicken to platter; let rest 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, arrange grapes and shallots around chicken. Transfer pan juices to small pitcher; spoon fat from surface of juices and discard. Serve chicken with pan juices alongside.

Per serving: 436.9 kcal calories, 45.1 % calories from fat, 21.9 g fat, 5.4 g saturated fat, 106.3 mg cholesterol, 25.9 g carbohydrates, 1.2 g dietary fiber, 18.5 g total sugars, 24.7 g net carbohydrates 34.6 g protein 
Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit