17th Century English Roast Chicken with Sherry, Apricots and Prunes Recipe

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I have updated and modified this recipe from 17th century England. The garnish and the addition of apricots are my doing. I garnish the perimeter of the serving platter with semi-circular slices of orange, each topped with a prune, and each prune topped with an apricot slice. Contrasting colors of orange and black are elegant, and the deglazed pan juice with sherry is delicious! I like to serve this dish with crispy brown baked potatoes, baked separately in the oven during the roasting of the chickens. This is a great dish to serve to guests.

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Servings: 8
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Directions

  1. A few hours before (or the night before) put the prunes and apricot slices in a small sealable container and pour ½ cup sherry over them. Seal and tilt to moisten all the fruit. Marinate until roasting time.
  2. Rinse and dry fryers with paper towels. Season insides of fryers with salt, pepper and ginger (1/2 teaspoon ginger in each). Drain the fruit but keep any drained-off sherry. Place 10 prunes, followed by 1 tablespoon pat of butter in each chicken, then 10 dried apricot halves in each. Close cavity and tie down drumsticks. Place fryers in a roasting pan just large enough to hold them. Rub butter over breasts and drumsticks; sprinkle fryers lightly with salt and pepper. Peel and quarter the onion and place around fryers in the roasting pan. Roast uncovered at 375° F. After 10 minutes pour remaining marinating sherry plus more to make ½ cup over chickens. Continue roasting, basting with pan juices every 10 minutes, adding a little chicken stock to juices, if necessary, to keep them from burning. If chickens start to brown too much before testing done, cover them with a tent of foil.
  3. When thighs test done, about 1¼ to 1½ hours, carve chickens and place on platter. Surrounded the perimeter of the platter with semi-circular orange slices, peel-on and curved sides outward. Top each slice with a prune and each prune with an apricot half from the chicken cavities. If any fruit remains, scatter over top of chicken. To the pan juices add ¾ cup sherry and bring to a rapid boil over a range burner, scraping loose the brown particles in pan. Stir constantly until syrupy. Strain through a strainer. Skim off as much fat as possible and pour some of the sauce over chicken. Pass any remaining sauce separately.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 462g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 900  
Calories from Fat 523 58%
Total Fat 58.32g 73%
Saturated Fat 20.6g 82%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 262mg 87%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 993mg 28%
Total Carbs 27.1g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 11%
Sugars 17.95g 12%
Protein 59.28g 95%
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  • Kevin Olomon
    This recipe sounds uniquely-scrumptious, Marlin! GOTTA try it!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!

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