Roast Chicken & Fennel

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Roast Chicken & Fennel

With Italian spices, some diced fennel and toasty pine nuts, you'll have a gorgeous supper in no time.

Yield: 2 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 50


  • 1 large bulb fennel, cored and chopped (3 cups)
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 chicken drumsticks, (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss fennel and 2 teaspoons oil in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place rosemary, lemon zest, garlic, pepper and salt together on a cutting board. Rock a chef’s knife through the ingredients until they are minced into a fine paste. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and combine with 1 teaspoon oil. Rub the paste all over drumsticks.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the drumsticks; cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. After the fennel has roasted for 10 minutes, stir in pine nuts and place the browned drumsticks on top of the fennel. Return to the oven and bake until the fennel is golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a drumstick without touching the bone registers 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove the chicken from the pan. Toss the fennel with vinegar in the baking dish, scraping up any browned bits. Serve the fennel with the chicken.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 402
fat 24 g (4 g sat, 13 g mono)
cholesterol 104 mg
carbohydrates 12 g
protein 35 g
fiber 5 g
sodium 460 mg
potassium 842 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (30% daily value), Zinc (26% dv), Potassium (24% dv), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1/2

Exchanges 1/2 starch, 4 lean meat, 3 fat

From EatingWell March/April 2008