A poultry proposal
One taste and he's yours
First comes the chicken, then comes the marriage. Or a proposal anyway. Urban legend has it this chicken dish works like a charm in getting the guy to commit. Maybe it's the juicy chicken breasts, or the luscious plump prunes and olives. Whatever the ingredient, according to the legend, if you serve this dish to the one you love, you'll have a ring in no time.
Serves more than the two of you
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
8 to 10 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup pitted prunes, sliced in half
1 cup green olives, pitted
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
In a large bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken, prunes and olives and stir to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours.
Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Pour the marinade over evenly. Pour the wine in the dish and sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven, basting occasionally with the juices, until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 1 hour. Sprinkle the parsley on top and serve the pan juices.
From the Summer 2009 issue of SONOMA