Grapes garnish chicken dish



Vonette Ball from Dearborn, Mich., was hoping someone would have a recipe that she lost for a quick and easy dish called Chicken Veronique.

Many years ago it was printed on the side of a box of instant rice. What was most unusual about the dish was that it was garnished with seedless green grapes.

Barbara Lehman of Fort Collins, Colo., saw Ball's request and thought immediately of a recipe she had seen in a Better Homes and Gardens wok cookbook she has had for many years. When I tested this recipe, I substituted boneless skinless chicken breasts for the whole, bone-in breasts the recipe called for. I cooked the rice while I was preparing the chicken, and the whole dish was ready in less than a half -hour.

While this may not have been the exact recipe Ball was looking for, it was very good and easy. The green grapes added a tangy twist to what otherwise could have been a rather ordinary chicken stir-fry.

Chicken Veronique

Serves 4 to 5

2 whole large chicken breasts

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms

2 tablespoons sliced green onions

1/3 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

1/4 cup white wine

2 to 3 cups hot cooked rice

Skin and halve lengthwise chicken breasts. Cut breasts into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.

In a heavy frying pan, melt butter and stir-fry mushrooms and onions for 2 minutes or until soft. Add chicken pieces and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Blend broth and flour; add to chicken mixture. Cook until thickened, 1 minute or so; add grapes and wine. Heat thoroughly and serve over hot rice.

Per serving (based on 4 servings): 400 calories, 21 grams protein, 10 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 54 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 56 milligrams cholesterol, 143 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

Michelle Rice from Rapid City, S.D., is looking for a recipe for an old-fashioned "steam burger" or sloppy Joe. She says she is interested in finding a "good ol" recipe like those served at craft bazaars or church events.

Shirley Campbell of Perry Hall is looking for an old recipe she misplaced for a Cauliflower Puff.

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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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