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Chicken Braised in Wine and Plums

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 60 min
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian/ French


Braised chicken is succulent and tender with a sweet and savory wine and plum sauce. Take a 15 minutes to prep then relax while the dish finishes cooking without extra fuss. A meal to serve over and over again! Always Made with Amore! 


  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 3 lbs) seasoned with plenty of sea salt on all sides
  • 4 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 12 Italian plums pitted and cut in half (if using regular plums use 6 as they are larger)
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 3 Tbs homemade or store bought plum jam (if this is too hard to find grape jelly will do)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 
  • salt to taste


  1. In a medium mixing bowl add the wine, chicken broth, plum jam, and tomato paste. Stir until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat a large oven safe pot or sauté pan to medium-high heat, warm the oil. Cook the chicken (already salted) until golden brown on all sides, turning the chicken often so that it browns evenly, about 5 minutes per side. Set the drumsticks aside on a plate.
  3. In the same pot add the garlic, shallot,  onion, rosemary, and red pepper flakes (if using). Reduce the heat slightly, and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 to 3 minutes. Add the plums and cook an additions 3 minutes. Pour in the liquid mixture from Step 1 over the top of the plums.
  4. Place the drumstick back in the pot. Do not submerge the chicken completely. Cover with lid, leaving a slight vent, and simmer on low-medium heat for 40-45 minutes. Sit back and enjoy the delicious aroma of your meal simmering in the pot.
  5. Optional: Right before serving set the oven to broil.  Place the pot of chicken and plums in the oven for 5 minutes (watch carefully as broilers are different) to get the chicken skin extra crisp on top!


Serve with a green salad and warm bread. If desired serve with rice for a heartier meal.

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