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

on 28/02/2010

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!!

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

  1. Kat says:

    wow, this sounds like a really cool combination, fennel, orange and chicken. Yum.

  2. Barbara says:

    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!)

  3. 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

  4. Happy Cook says:

    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.

  5. Great flavors here with the combination of fennel and orange! Excellent dish!

  6. Deeba PAB says:

    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!

  7. Yum! The ratio of delicious fennel to chicken is very healthy Sophie! That's the way I like to eat when at home 🙂

  8. Jeannie says:

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

  9. That looks very colourful and delectable! Fennel is good. I love them.

  10. Queen B. says:

    Hi Sophie !!Oh i love all the colors…..this looks amazing 🙂

  11. Cynthia says:

    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

  12. this looks great! I love olives, and you can never go wrong with fennel!

  13. Elra says:

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

  14. Nancy says:

    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!

  15. This looks delicious! I love the way seafood tastes with Pernod, I will try to look for Pastis to try this recipe!

  16. pierre says:

    fennel and pastis Dear you call the summer in Provence!! Pierre

  17. Koko says:

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

  18. Cheryl says:

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

  19. I just love fennel, and I bet it's great with the orange and the olives!

  20. Jamie says:

    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!

  21. Valérie says:

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

  22. Hi Sophie …love that u hopped by and this is an absolutely delicious blog i must say….loving ur roasted chicken….

  23. KiraAJ says:

    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!

  24. 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.

  25. Hungry Dog says:

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

  26. Junglefrog says:

    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!

  27. not a huge fennel fan, but it goes amazingly well with oranges: you are so right!

  28. 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!

  29. Michelle says:

    Hey Sophie!Fennnel and orange sounds so good to me and almost like a perfect combo!

  30. Natasha says:

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

  31. Pam says:

    Nice! What a fantastic meal. I wish I was having this for dinner tonight.

  32. Christine says:

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

  33. Carolyn Jung says:

    You can never go wrong with orange and fennel together. And the pastis is so French! Ooo la la! 😉

  34. Sophie, you're brilliant!! That looks so good!! I hope sunny days come soon! 🙂

  35. theUngourmet says:

    I am definitely ready for some sunny summer weather! What a terrific recipe. I just love the flavor of fennel!!

  36. I love the combination, sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing Sophie, this one is definitely on my list to try 🙂

  37. Avec le pastis, ça ne doit pas être mauvais du tout.Bonne semaine.

  38. grace says:

    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. 🙂

  39. Jo says:

    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.

  40. What fantastic flavors! A refined dish!Cheers,Rosa

  41. Joanne says:

    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.

  42. El says:

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

  43. This looks like such a fresh and healthy dinner!

  44. dawn says:

    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?

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

  46. This looks like a very nice dish. I have been searching for more ways to use fennel, so thank you. 🙂

  47. 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.

  48. Velva says:

    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.

  49. Gail says:

    What a lovely combination of flavours Sophie! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  50. 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!

  51. Anja says:

    that looks great, sophie. I love to combine orange and fennel… great job.

  52. Debbie says:

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

  53. zurin says:

    oh that looks sooo delicious Sophie!! I dont mind having some right now^^

  54. Absolutely wonderful. There are some awesome flavour combinations going on here.*kisses* HH

  55. C'est un mélange de saveurs qui est délicieux et "a mood-lifter" avec les oranges et le fenouil.

  56. Sylvia says:

    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

  57. I love roasted fennel and what a beautiful dish that is!

  58. 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.

  59. The combo of the fennel and the olives sounds so intriguing. Your dish looks so bright! You know how to bring Spring into a meal!

  60. Ruth says:

    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!

  61. Shari says:

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

  62. What a creative dish. I'm so ready for winter and cabbages to be over too!

  63. Selba says:

    It looks like a yummy dish 🙂

  64. ~~louise~~ says:

    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…

  65. Trissa says:

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

  66. Emily says:

    I love, LOVE these flavors together. You're a genius!

  67. Claudia says:

    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!

  68. Cathy says:

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

  69. Thanks for visiting Sophie!

  70. Gloria says:

    Thanks for visiting Sophie, this look absolutely nice huggs gloria

  71. Yum, I love fennel and orange together – wonderful!

  72. Hi Sophie – what a lovely combination of fennel and citrus flavors, perfect to chase away the winter blues!

  73. Looks like a great combo. I've seen someone make a salad of these ingredients…..summer lightness and freshness on a plate!

  74. Ellie says:

    Lovely dinner. I like all the flavor combo.

  75. Fennel is still very much in season here in France too and one of our favourite vegetables. This looks so wonderful!Ronelle

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  77. I like the combo! I've always wanted to cook with fennel, have to get my hands on some soon!

  78. Bo says:

    I love the flavor of fennel and oranges together.

  79. Sophie says:

    @ 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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