Feeling Confident and Roasted Chicken, Grapes and Rosemary

Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary

I’ve learned a valuable life lesson when it comes to entertaining, and that is to plan, prepare, and get organized with the details. Details like feeling confident in the menu that I choose. There’s not a worse feeling, when you know company is coming, than feeling wishy-washy in the kitchen and questioning your culinary skills or your choice of menu.

Last week I said “yes” to a last-minute dinner date, friends coming to our house for a casual meal.

I think so many people say “no” to entertaining because it’s scary, it’s imperfect, and they just do not feel confident. But I like to think of each entertaining moment as an opportunity I can learn from. We all start somewhere small, with what we can handle, and those baby steps take us to the next experience.

Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary

How to feel confident with your cooking:

-Decide on the menu. Don’t get in over your head with recipes that are too difficult.

-Prep ingredients–like chopping vegetables–the day before.

-Start off with a clean kitchen, which makes cooking feel more organized.

-Don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the cooking experience!

-Think about the guests who are coming and how you are going to bless them!

Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary

I also have really learned to not allow myself to be overly rushed when company is coming. I’ve had that experience a handful of times and I did not like the feeling. I had friends who were there to help, so it all turned out fine. But to really, to enjoy the moment, it’s good to not rush through the things that we should be savoring, or the lesson that we can draw from each day!

What did I serve last week? Roasted Chicken and Grapes with Rosemary. Delicious! I love this recipe because you can prepare it, and then toss it in the oven right before the guests come.

Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary

You can serve this on polenta, mashed potatoes, or mashed sweet potatoes! It’s a warm, cozy dish that is festive and fun – and will be a great gift to offer your guests around a casual table this month.

How’s your level of confidence in the kitchen, on a scale of 1-5 (1 being horrified, 5 being confident)?

Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary

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Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Rosemary Recipe

A simple one-pot chicken dish with grapes and fresh rosemary.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 4 whole chicken breasts cut in half
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 T. fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups of grapes cut in half if large


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken, then dry it very well with paper towels, cutting the breasts in half. Salt and pepper each piece.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a pan over medium heat, adding the chopped onions and sautéing for 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and fry the chicken breast on each side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • In a separate bowl toss the grapes, honey, 1 Tablespoon of freshly chopped rosemary, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the mixture with olive oil. Mix and set aside.
  • Place the onion mixture on the bottom of a roasting pan, with chicken breasts on top, ending with the grape mixture. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary, and place the pan in the hot oven. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes.
  • Remove it from the oven and baste the chicken and grapes with the juices. *If thicker breasts, you may need 5-10 minutes longer.
  • Serve within 10 minutes on polenta, mashed potatoes, or mashed sweet potatoes.

I’m talking about JOY today …

over at The Art of Simple blog.

JOY really comes from doing for others. It’s the simple things that really count in life that make your heart happy, happy, happy—like giving, listening, cooking, connecting. For me, it’s about inviting friends and family in to our home. Acts of love can really make you happy, which can increase or respark that joy in your life.

=> read more … HERE.

17 comments on “Feeling Confident and Roasted Chicken, Grapes and Rosemary”

  1. I love it! Similar to Chicken Veronique, where the grapes are mixed with the juices from the chicken, then reduced with cream and grapes. Delicious!

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  3. Hi Sandy – I just stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and it piqued my interest right away. It looks amazing! My only concern is whether the chicken will be too sweet…? My boyfriend has a weird thing against eating sweet meat, so before attempting, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too sweet. Can you please let me know? Thanks!

  4. Made this for Sunday night dinner. It was a big hit. My one year old loved the chicken. Thank you for the great recipe!

  5. Looks yummy. I think I’ll make this for today’s Sunday dinner. One question: your pictures look like you used a Dutch oven, but the instructions specify a roasting pan, which has Lowe sides. Is either ok? I presume if a Dutch oven were used you would cook it uncovered? Or is this better in a roasting pan so the chicken and grapes can carmelize? Happy holidays! Best, Beth C.

  6. I made this dish yesterday and enjoyed it with friends last night. I was delighted how moist and delicious it was, and the presentation with the grapes was fantastic. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  7. I am loving the rosemary and grapes, and the polenta serving suggestion is spot on.

  8. This looks absolutely wonderful, Sandy. I’m betting those sweet pops of grapes are amazing with the chicken and rosemary!

  9. Love these flavors and colors, Sandy!! Great winter combo!

  10. I love that you paired grapes with this roasted chicken. The combination is definitely a winner.

  11. This is just the recipe I need. Thanks, Sandy!


  12. I’ve been wanting to do a grape roast chicken for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it, can’t wait to try your recipe, love the addition of rosemary!

  13. Great tips. The chicken looks great!

  14. I’m much more confident when I am cooking for myself. When I am cooking for others I feel much more pressure. I appreciate the advice!

  15. Love all of these flavors, Sandy! What a combo!

  16. You’d be proud – I invited a friend over for happy hour cocktails this afternoon/evening. :-) I have no idea how I’ll shower or get ready with a toddler and a newborn but I don’t care – haha. xoxo

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