Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Apples and Shallots

Roasting fruit intensifies the flavour and when you add a powerful herb like sage to the grapes and apples you have something so sublime you’ll already be planning when you’re next going to cook this delicious chicken entree.

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Wow, you guys, I love everything about this dish – it’s simplicity, the robust essence of the sweet and savory seasonings, the roasted juiciness of the fruit – it’s pure heaven!  This represents exactly what I strive for in my cooking – healthy, real food that is easy to prepare and yet tastes as though you spent hours in the kitchen.

Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Apples and Shallots | Simply Fresh Dinners

I am discovering more and more that we all tend to get stuck in our mundane ways of eating and some people find this dish adventurous (or even weird) because it combines meat and fruit.   If you are one of those people, I encourage you to take that chance and try this because your palate will be giving you hell afterwards and you’ll be wondering what took you so long!

Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Apples and Shallots | Simply Fresh Dinners

The sage in this dish is the key but I have seen recipes using thyme or rosemary as well.   I initially saw this  in The Food Lover’s Cleanse by Sara Dickerman but changed up the herbs and added some apples.   The shallots are another essential ingredient that has made this my new favourite.  I’ve cooked it twice more since initially making it because I just can’t get enough!

I left the skin on the chicken because I wanted it extra juicy but you can remove it before eating if you’re concerned about the calories.   I also topped it with a delicious nut and spice mix I purchased from Glory Kitchen.   It contains almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, aleppo pepper, garlic, basil, oregano and rosemary.

Glory Kitchen - Umbria - Nut and Spice Mix

You’ve got to check out the fabulous assortment of blends they offer.  Sprinkle these on roasted vegetables, crostinis, pasta, soups, salads , and chicken, beef and fish.  It truly adds a flavour explosion.   (This is not a sponsored post – I simply love the creative owner, Margie and her products!)

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I’m so excited for you to try this that I will be giving away a free copy of my new ebook to the first 3 people who share their photo with me on Instagram.   Simply hashtag me with #simplyfreshdinners with a shot of your version of this creation to win.  My book is finished now and with the designer and I couldn’t be more excited!   Cheers!


Love that my friend, Morris from Barrie Hill Farms made this dish with his own delicious apples.  He loved it! He shared a pic with me so he can get a free ebook, ha!  Nice job, Morris!


Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Apples and Shallots

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 chicken breasts (skin on)
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder or
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 shallots, quartered
  • 8 sage leaves, sliced thinly
  • 2 apples, skin on, chopped into large bite sized pieces
  • 1 large (12-ounce) bunch of red grapes on the stem
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar



Preheat oven to 425F


Season the chicken on both sides with the five spice powder or cinnamon and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


In a large oenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Blot the chicken with paper towels and add the to the pan skin down; add the shallots. Cook the chicken undisturbed until brown and crisp; about 5-8 minutes depending on thickness. Turn the shallots frequently while the chicken cooks.


Turn the breasts over and add the sage, apples and grapes. Add the vinegar and 1/4 cup of water to deglaze the skillet. Season with more salt and pepper.


Transfer the pan to the oven and roast ntil the chicken is cooked through and the grapes just start to wrinkle, about 8 minutes. Serve the chicken with the roasted grapes, apples and shallots alongside and any pan juices spooned on top.


This recipe was inspired by The Food Lover's Cleanse by Sara Dickerman.

Roasting fruit intensifies the flavour and when you add a powerful herb like sage to the grapes and apples you have something so sublimely delicious!



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    November 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Looks nice and healthy too ♥
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 1, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Fruit and chicken are life!! So so good! Roasted grapes and apples with a protein are my favorite!
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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    November 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Love the flavor of roasted grapes. and five spice powder but I’ve never thought to put it together. What a yummy combo! My kids would actually eat this dinner .
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    November 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This is right up my alley, sweet friend. I have all the needed ingredients on hand so I think I will make this dish tomorrow or Thursday night. Thank you for always sharing such yummy recipes.

    Happy November, dearest Robyn! Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

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    November 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Fantastic dish. Your photography is amazing Robyn. Love this dish in the skillet. Great combination of flavors here. Happy November Robyn. Lots of love to you from W.W.
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    November 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Congrats on your ebook Robyn, you are quite the busy woman. I love meals like this, full of flavor, texture and color. Beautiful pics!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Love everything about this dish, but especially the roasted grapes. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a roasted grape, but I absolutely know I would love them! Beautiful 🙂
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      November 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Jennifer, I know you would absolutely go crazy for roasted grapes and it would inspire all kinds of amazing dishes for you. I think you and I tend to like many of the same things and I have to say, this is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I hope you try it. They’d be fabulous with pork and even fish. I’m going with salmon next!
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    Anita Rivera
    November 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm


    OK, I have never seen anything like this. What I wish is this: That I could be with you in the kitchen, watch you, try it, then sit down to eat it with YOU! I have got to try this as we approach the holidays. I LOVE grapes and all the above ingredients, so why not put them together! You are a brilliant artist, Robyn. HUGS TO YOU!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    November 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I love, love, love the sweet and savory combo of meat with fruit. This beautiful fall dish sounds absolutely amazing, Robyn!!!
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    November 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I think combining meat and fruit is a fabulous idea! Why have I not tried it before?! Thanks again for the enlightenment!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 2, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I was excited to reading this recipe and you did not disappoint! It sounds and looks fantastic. I will be making this soon. How perfectly sweet and savory and the sage is a great addition. Thanks Robyn! It is a gorgeous dish.
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Love the combo of chicken and fruit. And roast fruit is so interesting — terrific idea. Terrific recipe, too — thanks.
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Don’t you just love roasted grapes with something a little savory! I love how the juices burst into the dish and your addition of sage and spices is sure to be a super winner Autumn recipe. That third photo is just stunning, loads of color and texture should be on a magazine cover! Sharing everywhere, of course!
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