Simple Roasted Grape Chicken

October 5, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Having just picked up some whole chicken legs I decided to roast them with grapes for an easy and flavorful weeknight meal. Served on a bed of CSA frisée (loved how the savory sauce dressed the greens) with steamed quinoa on the side, it was a delicious step up from our typical weeknight fare. gingerroot

Food52 Review: I never would have thought to combine roasted chicken and grapes in a dish, but the recipe that gingerroot has created is unbelievably delicious comfort food fare. The technique is indeed simple, as the title says, but the resulting flavors are anything but. Roasting at high heat brings out the essence of the tender, moist chicken and the sweet grapes. A quick pan sauce, made with some of the roasted grapes, vermouth and chicken stock, adds a lovely depth of flavor. This dish comes together quickly making it an excellent weeknight choice, but it’s fancy enough to impress company. I served this dish with polenta to both children and adults, and everyone devoured it and asked for more. cookinginvictoria

Serves: 2


For the grapes and chicken

  • 1/2 pound organic red seedless grapes
  • 2 chicken legs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (about 4”), cut in half
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • washed and dried frisée, for serving (optional)

For the pan sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot or onion
  • 1/4 cup vermouth
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small cubes (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • Salt
  • splashes Lemon
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash and dry grapes. Remove stems and place in a 12” ovenproof skillet. Toss grapes with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cut chicken legs into drumsticks and thighs and pat dry. Place in a bowl, adding garlic, rosemary, 1 tablespoon olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Combine using your hands, making sure to rub aromatics into chicken and evenly distribute seasonings. Nestle chicken pieces skin side up in the skillet, among the grapes. Roast chicken and grapes for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and golden. During the last two minutes of cooking time, turn your oven to broil to crisp up the skin.
  4. Using tongs, transfer chicken and 2/3 of grapes to a plate. Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of cooking fat (if necessary), being careful not to remove any of the flavorful dark, non-fatty juices. Turn heat to medium high and add shallot or onion and vermouth. Cook, stirring and scraping until wine has reduced, the shallot (or onion) is soft, and the bottom of the pan is clean. Add chicken stock, turning down heat if necessary, and reduce until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, and incorporate butter one small cube at a time, stirring between each addition. Taste for salt and acid and adjust if necessary. Stir in minced parsley.
  5. Arrange chicken pieces and some roasted grapes on individual plates on a bed of frisée (if using). Spoon warm sauce over chicken, serve, and enjoy.

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Reviews (62) Questions (1)

62 Reviews

deanna1001 October 7, 2017
I have made this so many times and it is always good. Often I sub cherry tomatoes for the grapes to great effect. Tonight my tomatoes are tiny and sweet but not quite numerous enough so I added pieces of firm pear to the pan. And used a lovely fig balsamic vinegar. Truly wonderful. I find this to be a very flexible recipe...the technique and sweet/savory mix is the key. Thanks again...
whmcdevitt August 31, 2017
How about arugula with goat cheese toasted walnuts and a classic vinegrette
Tbird August 31, 2017
Question (PLEASE ANSWER ASAP!) Since this is a SWEET meal, what kind of SALAD would you start with? Want to make this for a dinner party tomorrow. THANKS!
marydtoombs August 31, 2017
The author made a frisée bed and enjoyed the sauce on it. I think sautéed green beans with a simple buttery Dijon sauce.
Author Comment
gingerroot September 1, 2017
All of these suggestions sound great. Sorry I'm only getting to this now. A simple salad with arugula, shaved parmesan, lemon and olive oil would be a good match too.
Fábio P. September 15, 2016
Made this one yesterday night. HUGE success, thanks for the recipe :D
Osvaldo S. August 15, 2016
Made this for a family lunch today. Amazing! So good and unbelievable easy to do. Here's how it turned out
Author Comment
gingerroot August 18, 2016
Thanks for letting me know! So glad you enjoyed this. Love your photos!
geugca August 7, 2016

Would this meal be easy to re-heat to serve the next day for a dinner party? I have aome family coming over and will
Literally have 1 hour to set up tables and appetizers. Busy work week too 😕
Two T. March 24, 2016
Amazing-town. I tucked away the remainder of grapes I bought, so we wouldn't eat them, and used them for this. Tossed in thyme with the rosemary. So good. I roasted @ 425 for a few mins longer as my oven can get problematic at high heat. The sauce was great, the chicken just perfect. I used 4 medium thighs and served with roast sweet potatos/carrots.
Author Comment
gingerroot March 25, 2016
So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for letting me know.
Tbird December 8, 2015
Made this again for dinner last night - yes, a Monday. It's Hanukkah, and thought this would go really well with crisp latkes. I was right! This is my wife's favorite recipe I make, so it was terrific for a holiday celebration. Yum, Yumm... YUMM !!!!
Virginia M. April 9, 2015
The roasted grape "sauce" really makes this special. I remember a dish my stepmom always made with chicken and grapes from my childhood that I hated and now I'm wondering if I was insane, because this was sooo good. My only substitution was dry sherry instead of vermouth because it's what I hadnon hand and it worked out well.
Author Comment
gingerroot April 10, 2015
Hi Virginia, thanks for letting me know! I'm so glad you enjoyed this.
Mike S. October 22, 2014
This is one of the most elegant and wonderful recipes I've made in a long time. Thank you!
Author Comment
gingerroot October 28, 2014
You're welcome, Michael! Thanks so much for letting me know.
Nyborg October 15, 2014
Just realized that I didn't use the butter. Really didn't need it! Thx for the recipe.
Nyborg October 15, 2014
Made this tonight with all the ingredients. Extremely tasty. Not the fastest weeknight dish, but delicious. Great for a dinner party.
Author Comment
gingerroot October 16, 2014
Hi Nyborg, so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know.
Whitney G. October 2, 2014
this turned out awesome, and my kids loved the sweet grapes. I failed on the rosemary, though, and I think that would have added a lot. Still, it was great. I will definitely make it again. Great weeknight supper but has crossover value to serve to guests.
Author Comment
gingerroot October 16, 2014
Thanks so much for letting me know, Whitney! So glad it was enjoyed by adults and kids.
teeokeefe May 12, 2014
Beyond delicious. didn't even make/complete the pan sauce (husband was famished) and it was good as is. Next time, I'll make it though and I'm looking forward to it! Thank YOU!
Author Comment
gingerroot May 13, 2014
You're welcome, teeokeefe! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for letting me know!
deanna1001 November 11, 2013
This was heavenly! The smell alone is worth it. Served over left-over mashed sweet potatoes with tomato Provençal and salad. Brava!
deanna1001 November 11, 2013
Oh...minor subs...thyme instead of rosemary, no stock so used water and cut the butter in half. Timing perfect. Great weeknight recipe. Thanks!
Author Comment
gingerroot February 13, 2014
Thank you deanna1001! Not sure how I missed your comment - I'm thrilled you enjoyed this.
deanna1001 February 13, 2014
Made it again but with rosemary this time. So lovely. So perfect for serving 2. Will likely have it for dinner tomorrow. Really love this recipe...
Geni August 29, 2013
This was delish! I used vodka (about 1/3 C) and thought there wouldn't be enough sauce, but I served it with brown rice and the amount was perfect. I liked marydtombs's idea of tossing carrots in some of the sauce as well. I used thighs, but will try using bone-in, skin-on breasts next time and possibly reduce the butter at the end in a meager attempt to reduce the fat so that my 70 yo arteries will be happier. Thanks to all who enter recipes and to those who review them......I love reading every word!!
Author Comment
gingerroot August 29, 2013
Hi Geni, thanks for letting me know. I'm happy you enjoyed this!
Moni August 13, 2013
This was ridiculously delicious. We had a block party yesterday and came back home with leftover chicken that didn't make it to the grill. Our version of this recipe strayed in a few ways: (1) seasoning (2) used de-seeded concord grapes from our vines (3) no vermouth or butter (4) did not add garlic to the chicken, added it later to the sauce. The outcome: ridiculously good, tender chicken with or without the sauce. I have to admit the sauce was incredible too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Author Comment
gingerroot August 29, 2013
You are welcome, Monisha! Sorry for the belated reply...somehow I missed this until now. So glad you enjoyed. I'm also jealous of your concord vines! : )
whmcdevitt February 21, 2013
i think the problem with turkey is that you need to cook it through and it looses it's
moisture. try it with chicken breast next time. i have and it very good. one other suggestion cook it at a lower temp legs and thighs can hold up in a 450 degree oven. it is very good i've made this so many times with great results!!
Jcrater February 21, 2013
Made last night with turkey breast. I overlooked the turkey a little, but the sauce was great
Tbird January 10, 2013
2nd time's the charm! Love this recipe, so prepping it on aThursday night this time, rather than waiting for the weekend. Yumm!!!
Author Comment
gingerroot January 10, 2013
Yay! Thanks for letting me know. Happy New Year, Tbird!