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Sophie’s orange, fennel & chicken roasted oven dish with olives & Pastis

A divine chicken dish!
A few days ago, It was raining all day long. I wanted to bring the flavours of summer into the house. I wanted a lighter meal with no cabbages & nearly no washing up!
Fennel is still in season in Belgium. So, I came with this!

Recipe: For 3 persons

3 medium fennel bulbs, the hard bit at the bottom removed, cleaned, the 3 or 4 long, hard green bits at the top removed, cut into strips or wedges, the fennel fronds kept
150 gr of green pitted marinated olives in lemon juice & zest
150 ml of Pastis???
2 oranges, peeled & sliced into wedges, with no white skin & no pits/ the juice of the wedges kept
a few drizzles of a fruity EVOO
3 chicken fillets, no skin, cleaned & cut into smaller pieces

Maldon sea salt flakes

grins of fresh black pepper

to serve: baked potato wedges

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C ( 392 F ) for 10 minutes.
2. Take 2 large oven roasting tins & divide the fennel pieces all over them in 1 layer. Arrange the orange segments, their juice & the olives between the fennel pieces.
3. Add a few drizzles of the fruity EVOO all over the 2 dishes. Divide the 150 ml of the Pastis over the 2 dishes. With your hands mingle everything together. Season the chicken pieces on both sides with the sea salt flakes & grinds of fresh black pepper & snuggle them on top or between the fennel pieces. Top the dishes with the fennel fronds.
4. Place into the center of the preheated oven & bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until everything is roasted & ready & until the chicken is moist & cooked trough.
5. When the 2 dishes are ready, turn the oven off & let the dishes sit in there for about 5 minutes to let the chicken rest.
6. Serve at once with some baked potato wedges. Enjoy!!
Don’t you want to dig in, instantly???

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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

114 thoughts on “Sophie’s orange, fennel & chicken roasted oven dish with olives & Pastis

  1. I adore cooked fennel. Not crazy about it fresh, but love it roasted. Think orange would be great in combination with it…and this is a lovely light and healthy dinner. (If I pass on the potatoes! Which look delicious by the way!)

  2. I love fennel … and pastis ! ;o) People in Provence couldn't live without both ingredients ! ;o)) I take this recipe with great pleasure .. .It seems healthy as well as tasty … a very good idea !Have a nice dayHélène

  3. I have one used feenel twice and loved it. Love the way yo have made them, with chicken and then served with teh delicous lookign portoes.

  4. Oh this does look delish Sophie. We don't get fennel here, but I love the combination of flavours overall! I just did a pan fried garlic-rosemary butter chciken yesterday! Would love to try this soon!

  5. Looks like a great dish and very healthy looking too! Fennel is not readily available here so I'll substitute with onions instead:D

  6. Ummmm, I should be able to come to your place for lunch!Thank you so very much for the award! Sorry I didn't pick it up earlier, been swamped with work.HugsCynthia

  7. Fennel bulb is really my favorite thing to eat, I never really cooked them, but I shall try that one day.

  8. Wonderful dish! Orange and fennel are one of my favorite combinations, but I usually put them together in a salad – great idea to bake them with chicken! The Pastis is an interesting addition too!

  9. This looks lovely Sophie! You used such fabulous flavours to bring the summer in! Isn't fennel great! Delicious.

  10. Sophie, you make everything sound so yummy. I have never eaten Fennel, but this looks and sounds amazing!

  11. Oooh Sophie this is absolutely scrumptious! Adore oranges and fennel together and add olives to that and I can so see it all going perfectly on fish. Fabulous recipe!

  12. These are definitely summery flavours, with all that anis! The addition of olives is intriguing, too. Thanks for sharing, Sophie!

  13. OH yes! This is something i would most def try at a resturant! i say that becuase my boys dont like when i cook with olives! doesnt matter how i hide them they still arent sold on the flavor they just KNOW that taste! I however am a HUE fan of olives yumyum!

  14. I was never a big fennel fan until a few years ago. This dish looks delicious. I have never had pastis so you have me curious. I will search for it and make this dish. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Looks fabulous! Fennel, orange, and olives are such excellent ingredients together. I love this recipe and am bookmarking!

  16. I am so entirely ready for lighter dishes and this looks delicious Sophie! It's still raining here by the way… It keeps on pouring down!

  17. This sounds and looks so wonderful Sophie. Isn't it great how we can create a mood from another time and place with food. I don't think I've ever had fennel before. I love to try out new ingredients and this is a must!

  18. Hi Sophie! Orange and fennel are two ingredients that work so well with chicken; this is for sure an incredible dish!Natasha

  19. The combination of ingredients sounds wonderful. Fennel is plentiful in our area so I plan on making this soon. Thanks Sophie!

  20. oooh, oranges and chicken are lovely together! the fennel is a terrific addition too, although i'd be tempted to fill up on the potato wedges. 🙂

  21. Hi Sophie, what a coincidence, a chicken dish as well. Love the combination of fennel and orange, it must have tasted amazing. Thanks for dropping by.

  22. Fennel is still in season here too and I just love its licorice flavor…so delicious. What a gorgeous recipe! I love all of the colors and flavors you used.

  23. As always another beautiful post. Orange and fennel go so well together. Gorgeous color!

  24. sophie your rss feeds don't work. I never get your updates 😦 do you know i rarely work with fennel? i need to change that right?

  25. Pastis does conjure the flavors of summer, doesn't it. Sophie, thank you so much for visiting. You are quite a busy blogger indeed!

  26. Oh wow, this dish sounds amazing – I love the orange fennel combination and this just sounds like such a sophisticated dish. Cannot wait to give it a try.

  27. We can soon say goodbye to the cold wet winter and hello to Spring. I am so glad to see a recipe using fennel. I just planted a few fennel plants. I am hoping they will survive and I can enjoy fresh fennel soon.Great simple recipe. I am saving your recipe.

  28. I don't usually flip over fennel, Sophie, but your dish may very well convert me. It looks amazing..and I have a lot of chicken I need to use up!

  29. I've never cooked fennel Sophie but this looks delicious. I love all the different foods you make. So interesting!!!!

  30. Hola SophiePerdona mi ausencia entre la visita de ni hermana, vacaciones y una remodelacion de la casa , estoy con el tiempo corto.Tengo que organizarme mejor :)Love chicken and fennel is a perfect combo. Sounds delicious I must to try outBesos

  31. A delicious meal which I would love to try but unfortunately I don't think I can get fennel bulb here :(. I have not used it in any of my cooking before.

  32. Wow, great flavours! I never know what to do with fennel and this sounds great. Need to find an Italian alternative for Pastis though. Im so glad you visited my blog!!! Meant I discovered yours in return!! And what recipes!

  33. What a great way to use fennel! And combined with chicken and oranges!! Brilliant. It looks absolutely beautiful!!

  34. Hi Sophie! This dish sounds just wonderful! I often roast onions and fennel together, however, it just never occurred to me to "conger" up such a delectable combination. Thank you so much for sharing…

  35. I am always at a loss for good fennel recipes – thank you for this one. I just adore it with oranges.

  36. Oh Sophie – what a spring way to dress up chicken. I love the idea of fennel and orange. I am going to play with this. (Good-bye cabbage for a few days!) Hello fennel!

  37. You've combined some wonderful flavors here, Sophie. The anise, orange and fennel with chicken sounds so delicious.

  38. @ all of you: I am glad that you all love it!! I do too!I hope you enjoy this tasty & colourful dish!

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