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Elegant Chicken Breast With California Style Grape Sauce

{By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.}

Our favorite snack at the beach? California grapes.

Our favorite snack at the beach? California grapes.

California Grapes are the perfect snack: crisp, nutritious, with a taste that everyone loves

My children’s favorite snack at the beach this summer?  There’s the answer in the picture, laying on top of one of the many beach towels we used.


California grapes were on sale most of the summer for .99 cents a pound (bargain for health food). I would buy 5 pounds at a time, clean them and put them in the cooler for the perfect refreshment at the ocean.

And I didn’t mind my kids fighting over the grape bag. I know that grapes are super nutritious. Grapes of all colors – red, black and green – are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols. One serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium, and also provide potassium and are a good source of vitamin K.

As a snack or as part of a main meal, grapes add a sweet twist and a creative touch to many a dish

As we were approaching the end of our summer at the Jersey Shore, I received news from the Recipe Redux for a contest developing a healthy recipe using California grapes. I decided to ask my four children their ideas on using grapes in foods: why not write a recipe that was both kid and adult friendly? We had so many ideas: grapes in salads, grapes served with goat cheese, frozen grapes cut in halves and layered for dessert.

And we settled on adapting a French dish using grapes called foie gras poêlé aux raisins (foie gras sautéed with grapes). This elegant entrée (this means main course in French) is made in a few minutes, has origins from SW France (where we live most of the year) and uses grapes as a sauce for flavor. The recipe uses foie gras as a meat source, but I replaced the foie gras with boneless chicken breasts.

We made it (see recipe below) and when my kids tasted this “Elegant Chicken Breast With Grape Sauce California Style” they had only one word to say:


chicken breast with grape sauce

Enjoy this recipe and feel free to share it. The taste of the sautéed chicken breasts blends well with the sweet grape sauce. The dish looks colorful and has a beautiful presentation! Grapes are a healthy food, so not only does this dish taste good, it is good for you too.

Enjoy this dish with your favorite California wine.

Elegant Chicken Breast With California Style Grape Sauce

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot
Region American
An elegant recipe using healthy and sweet grapes to make a tasty light sauce for sauteed boneless chicken breasts.


  • 1 1 1/2 cups seedless California grapes (I used red grapes for color)
  • 1 1/2 cup sweet California white wine (Muscat, Moscato, or Riesling as an example)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons light cream (half and half)
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Step 1
Prepare grape sauce first. Blanch grapes in boiling water in a saucepan for 1 1/2 minutes. Drain and rinse grapes under cold water. Peel skins off most of the grapes, reserving about a third of the blanched grapes unpeeled.
Step 2
Pour wine into the saucepan and heat over medium heat, cooking wine until it reduces to about half, approximately 10 minutes.
Step 3
Add chicken broth, vinegar and nutmeg to the reduced wine and continue cooking over medium heat until the sauce reduces again to half.
Step 4
Add cream to sauce and gently stir for two minutes more. Do not let the sauce boil.
Step 5
Add the peeled grapes with juice (reserving the unpeeled grapes for finished garnish) into the sauce and stir until grapes are mixed well into the sauce. Reduce heat to very low and keep sauce warm until serving.
Step 6
Now prepare the chicken breasts. Cut each breast in half in the middle of each piece to make smaller pieces. Salt and pepper each piece of chicken and set them aside.
Step 7
Add flour to a large bowl and dip each piece of chicken into the flour until it is coated well with flour.
Step 8
Heat up butter and olive oil in a large cooking pan. Sauteed chicken on both sides until it is cooked thru and juices run clear, about 7-10 minutes.
Step 9
Present chicken breasts on a serving plate, pour grape sauce over the chicken. Garnish chicken with the unpeeled (but blanched) grapes and a sprinkle of parsley. Serve immediately.
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