Whole Chicken filled with White Grapes
Next to the rosemary chicken, this is another one of my favorite chicken recipes. The grapes give a lot of juice to the chicken and the chicken gives a lot of extra flavor to the grapes. In Switzerland, I used to prepare quite a few dishes using fruits, and this one is among the best.
1 whole chicken
mustard and/or horseraddish
freshly ground salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 big shallot, chopped
1-2 cups of white, seedless grapes, depending on how big the chicken is
1/2 cup Noilly Prat Dry
1/2 cup white wine (or replace with another 1/2 cup of the Noilly Prat)
1 tablespoon dried or fresh tarragon
Preheat the oven to about 425 F.
Wash the chicken inside out and dry with kitchen paper or a towel. Season the inside with a lot of freshly ground salt and pepper.
In a small saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the shallot over medium heat for a few minutes until browned. Add the whole, washed grapes and mix to cover all the grapes with the shallot/butter mixture. Pour in the Noilly Prat and white wine. Add the tarragon (dried or fresh). Mix everything well and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the grapes are softened and about half of the liquid is absorbed.
Place the chicken in an oven-proof dish. Rub the mustard and/or horseraddish on the whole chicken. Cover all the spots. Sprinkle paprika, freshly ground salt and pepper around the whole chicken to cover all the skin.
Hold the chicken in a way so you can pour in the grape mixture. Make sure the chicken is really stuffed with grapes. If there's extra grapes that won't fit into the chicken, just put them into the dish next to the chicken.
Place the chicken into the preheated oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, then turn the chicken upside down and bake for another 40 minutes. Jasmine rice works best with this dish. Once you're chicken is done, cut it in half and spoon some of the grapes and juice onto the rice.
I just got this little animation from my friend Daveed who got inspired by this recipe to draw, well, a chicken with grapes!
I liked this illustration so much that i had to share it with you. Thanks Daveed!
Click on it to see it in full size!