Chicken Breasts with Rosemary, Pine Nuts & Verjuice

Verjuice. What the heck is that? Well, here’s the definition: “a highly acidic juice made by pressing unripe grapes, crab-apples or other sour fruit.”

Anyhow, when I saw this photo of this recipe, I just had to make it… and I’m so glad I did. It was bl**dy delicious. A flavour marriage made in heaven.

And panic not, no need to trawl the internet for verjuice – a good quality white wine vinegar will work equally well…

Chicken Breasts with Rosemary, Pine Nuts & Verjuice

Recipe by BBC Good Food, tried u0026 tasted by GraceDifficulty: Easy


Total time




  • 50g raisins

  • 100ml verjuice (or white wine vinegar works just as well)

  • 2 sprigs rosemary

  • extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 chicken breasts, skin on

  • 25g pine nuts

  • 25g butter


  • Put the raisins and verjuice in a bowl and microwave on defrost setting (or warm gently in a pan) for 5 minutes, then cool. Strain, reserving both raisins and verjuice.
  • Strip the rosemary leaves from the stalks and reserve the leaves for another use. Put the stalks into a bowl with 3 tbsp olive oil and a little freshly ground black pepper. Add the chicken breasts and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Choose a wide frying pan with enough room for the chicken breasts to cook with lots of space between them. Toss the pine nuts with a little olive oil over medium heat in this pan until golden brown, then cool on a paper towel.
  • Heat the butter in the pan until golden brown, then add 1 tbsp olive oil to stop it burning. Pan-fry the chicken, skin side down, over moderate heat until golden, 6-10 minutes. Turn and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. (The total cooking time depends on the thickness of the meat, but two-thirds of the cooking time should be on the skin side.)
  • When the chicken is cooked, season, remove from the pan, then rest, skin-side down. Discard any butter from pan and toss in the raisins. Pour in the reserved verjuice and deglaze the pan over the heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the pine nuts and return the chicken to the pan. Taste the sauce for seasoning before serving.

Cook’s Tip

  • Marvellous served simply with steamed fine green beans and creamy mash

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