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Pollo con finocchio e prezzemolo

Or Chicken with Fennel and Parsley.

Chicken with Fennel and Parsley

While shopping for a few bits and pieces tonight on the way home I decided to grab a couple of things for dinner. A nice bunch of triple curled parsley caught my eye which led me then to consider fennel and where that might lead me, inevitably in an Italian themed direction. You could make this with veal rather than chicken, although that would change the overall flavour somewhat, rabbit would also work.


  • One fennel bulb
  • A good bunch of parsley
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • 300ml of cream
  • dry sherry (maybe a cup or so)
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 medium mushrooms
  • splash of olive oil
  • steamed broccoli and toasted ciabatta or turkish bread as sides


Dice the onion and fennel, and finely chop the garlic. Add to a large frypan on medium heat (280ºF/137ºC) with the olive oil. Cover and sauté for 5 to 10 mins or so.

Slice the mushrooms and add to the pan.

Slice the chicken breast in half lengthwise and then in thin slices crosswise. Add to the pan, turning up the heat slightly while you brown the chicken, stirring frequently.

Steam your broccoli pieces. I use a microwave steamer on high for 6 minutes, but you can use a normal vegetable steamer if that suits you.

Lower the heat back to medium, add salt, cracked black pepper, and ¾ cup of dry sherry. Stir through and then cover. Simmer for 10 mins or so (sherry should have completely reduced, but only just so, and the fennel should be soft). Add the remaining sherry, ¾ of the cream and the finely chopped parsley. Stir through and cook with the lid off the pan.

When the sauce starts to thicken, add the remaining cream and stir through. At the same time, toast your bread. By the time the bread is toasted, the sauce should have re-thickened and is ready to serve. Do not overcook, you want the vibrant green of the parsley to still be evident.

Serve with broccoli and bread.


posted to Italian,Recipes @ 7:58 pm

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