Chicken with Currants, Pine Nuts and Olives

Chicken with Currants, Pine Nuts and Olives

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I learned this recipe when I was taking a cooking class right outside of Florence, Italy. The Chef made it with thighs; but I have chosen to use the whole chicken. Rosemary, sage, olives, currants and white wine all come together to produce a wonderfully flavorful dish. The toasted pine nuts add a wonderful crunch and look beautiful scattered over the top of the platter. Serve them on the side if you have any guests who are allergic.

Chicken with Currants, Pine Nuts and Olives

By Gloria Kobrin Published: March 12, 2014

  • Yield:

  • 24 pieces (8-10 Servings)
  • Cook time:

  • 1 hr 45 mins


  • 3 small chickens cut in joints and skinned
  • 2 large Red Onions peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Dry White Wine
  • 1 cup Currants
  • 1 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 bunch Fresh Sage chopped
  • 2-3 branches Fresh Rosemary chopped
  • 1 cup pine nuts toasted


  • 1 large roasting pan


  1. Clean chicken carefully and pat dry. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in roasting pan. Add minced onion and saute it about 15 minutes or until it is very soft and translucent.
  3. Add chicken to the pan and saute it about 8 minutes on each side. Sprinkle generously with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Pour wine over chicken. Cover roaster and cook over low heat about 20 minutes. Remove cover and add currants and olives. Stir well. Recover roaster and simmer chicken 15 minutes longer.
  5. Remove cover from roaster and scatter chopped herbs over chicken. Stir gently to be sure that every piece of chicken is surrounded by herbs. Spoon chicken into a serving dish. Scatter nuts over the top. Serve hot with rice or roasted potatoes and colorful vegetables.

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