this is one of those recipes that started off as one idea and then took off in another direction. what was originally just going to be chicken with roasted grapes and maybe a little bit of pan sauce turned into chicken with angel hair, no, wait, i can’t manage long pasta, let’s do rice instead, that’s basically the opposite of long and unruly pasta. oh! and gorgonzola might be good in there! and garlic is always a welcome addition! and some greens – how about peppery arugula to contrast the sweet roasted grapes?!
so, yeah, that’s how it happened. now you know all the secrets about my extremely rigorous recipe development process.
well, actually, the best part is where the whole idea came from in the very first place: the quarterly newsletter magazine that our health insurance company sends us.
that’s right, i scour nothing but the finest gourmet publications in a never-ending quest to find the very best recipes to inspire the recipes i feature here. oooooor good ideas can come from anywhere, including a little health insurance promotional magazine (perhaps yet one more reason to hope we don’t lose access to health insurance… ahem).
fortunately, this recipe knew that my patience for testing a recipe that included chicken would wear thin faster than, say, my patience for finding the perfect yellow cake with chocolate frosting. accordingly, the universe rewarded me with an idea that translated into a successful recipe on my first try.
that said, i did manage to find a way to streamline the recipe between the first trial and the photographed version. originally i was cooking the chicken on the stove top (aka making another thing that doesn’t go in the dishwasher dirty) so on the next round, i got smarter and put the chicken in with the grapes.
you have to remove the chicken from the pan and let the grapes keep cooking, but it’s a trade i’m totally willing to make. especially for a recipe that looks and tastes fancy and impressive but is secretly very straightforward, even if the path to get to the final recipe idea was anything but straightforward.
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