Apple Cider Braised Chicken Breast with California Golden Raisins

Submitted by: Olivier Dubreuil

Braise chicken breasts with shallots, cider and golden raisins; serve with a creamy sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with sauce


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slice bacon, diced
  • 8 chicken breasts (3 ounces each), skin on
  • 5 shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup California golden raisins
  • Italian parsley, chopped


Melt butter in an oiled deep pan. Add bacon and sauté until golden brown. Remove bacon and set aside. Do not drain bacon fat.

Combine chicken breasts and shallots and sear with olive oil in pan; sprinkle with flour. Add bouquet garni to pan and deglaze with apple cider. Let simmer on low for 30 minutes; then, add cooked bacon and raisins. Cook 30 minutes more; and set breasts aside. Add heavy cream to pan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to heat through.

To serve, arrange chicken in serving dish and pour sauce over. Garnish with chopped Italian parsley.

Note: Substitute a red berry jelly for the heavy cream to add a touch of sweetness.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 460 (51% from fat); Total Fat 24g (sat 11g, mono 9g, poly 2g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 115mg; Protein 28g; Carbohydrate 25g; (Dietary Fiber <1g; Sugars 28g; ); Iron 1mg; Sodium 170mg; Calcium 48mg; Potassium 555mg

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