Sweet and Savory Baked Chicken with Pineapple and Tarragon

Sweet and Savory Baked Chicken with Pineapple and Tarragon

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Let the blender do the prep for this effortlessly juicy chicken dinner. Topping the chicken with a light salsa of fresh pineapple, shallots, and herbs while baking ensures a moist result.

Sweet and Savory Baked Chicken with Pineapple and Tarragon

Sweet and Savory Baked Chicken with Pineapple and Tarragon

YIELDS: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 sprig fresh tarragon (2 sprigs chopped, 2 whole sprigs for roasting)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 c. chopped fresh pineapple
  • 8 shallots
  • 2 tbsp. rice-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir chopped tarragon, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture all over chicken. Transfer to a large roasting pan, arranging chicken so pieces are not touching. Refrigerate until ready to bake (up to 1 day).
  2. Put pineapple, chopped shallots, vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a food processor. Process until mixture is slightly chunky, about 2 minutes.
  3. Spread pineapple mixture over chicken. Top with dabs of butter. Add the remaining tarragon sprigs and 6 shallots to roasting pan. Bake chicken, basting with pan juices occasionally, until skin is golden, about 50 minutes.

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Sweet and Savory Baked Chicken with Pineapple and Tarragon

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