This recipe was adapted by me from a housewife's kitchen guide published in 1594! The sauce is slightly sweet, but very good.

Recipe Summary

cook:
45 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place chicken stock in a large saucepan over high heat. Add oranges, prunes, dates, currants and cloves and boil until the fruit has broken down a bit, about 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Stir in peppercorns, mace, sugar, rose water and wine; reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.

  • Brown chicken in a large skillet until lightly browned on both sides; add reserved sauce and cook together, turning and basting, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; protein 56.7g; carbohydrates 31.8g; fat 6.2g; cholesterol 146.6mg; sodium 210mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2004
This recipe isn't about fast and easy, it is about making a good chicken dish. This is an excellent dish for when you have some time in the kitchen. I didn't read the recipe really well the first time I made it, so I kept the chicken on the bone. I've done it the other way, but my husband and I prefer it with my mistake. On the bone keeps the chicken moist and while messy makes a good meal. Read More
(11)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/07/2008
It was decent but not really enticing enough to make again. Suggest adding veggies with chicken. Changes: substituted nutmeg for mace substituted vinegar for wine. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2004
This recipe isn't about fast and easy, it is about making a good chicken dish. This is an excellent dish for when you have some time in the kitchen. I didn't read the recipe really well the first time I made it, so I kept the chicken on the bone. I've done it the other way, but my husband and I prefer it with my mistake. On the bone keeps the chicken moist and while messy makes a good meal. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2004
I stumpled on to this and decided to give in a try, I am glad I did it is now in my line up of my basic meals my 6year old loved it!!!! Rearlly he askes for seconds but when I cook "sweet Chicken" as he calles it I can count on him having a third healping. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2006
this is a really interesting tasting recipe. Tastes slightly like Indian, slightly Chinese chicken. The addition of the rosewater added a high note. Subbed nutmeg for mace, and also added a piece of the orange rind for a more intense orange flavor. It seemed a shame to let the fruit go to waste so I processed the entire thing in my foodprocessor (only tossed out the rind)to get more intensity from the clove and peppercorn. On its own, the sauce does not have a great flavor but somehow when added to the chicken, it was a really great taste so don't give up until you've tried the final product. I rarely make a dish without onion or garlic so I did saute 2 cloves of garlic and 1 med. onion halved and sliced along with the chicken and am glad I did; it added to the overall flavor of the dish. Served this over rice for a really nice different way to make chicken in a snap! This makes a quick weeknight meal with a different way to jazz up chicken breasts. Don't forget to add some salt. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2004
All I can say is...WOW! I didn't have currants on hand, so I subst. raisins and subst. orange blossom water (available at most Arabic grocery stores) for rose water. My husband couldn't stop raving about this! A new favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2004
Absolutely superb!! I was unable to find currents and instead substituted blueberries. It turned out very nice and was a definite crowd pleaser!! Just wouldn't recommend eating the fruit :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2005
This turned out great! I made rice to go with it and added some of the currants and cloves while it steamed in chicken broth. With some toasted almonds on top it made a wonderful accompaniment to the chicken. Next time I want to try this in the slow cooker and really let the flavors soak in. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2004
I found the ingredients interesting.... I couldn't find currents so I used raisins...I didn't have any wine opened so I used apple juice... My son couldn't stand the smell of the fruit cooking but did like the results...I served it over rice and it was great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This is a absolutely wonderful recipe!! I made it with out the rose water. Every one loved this! It is not a hard recipe at all!! A must try!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2008
It was decent but not really enticing enough to make again. Suggest adding veggies with chicken. Changes: substituted nutmeg for mace substituted vinegar for wine. Read More
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