Chicken with Prunes and Bacon

by Erica Dinho on January 16, 2010

Sometimes I develop a craving for a dish with a combination of sweet and savory flavors, like meat, chicken or fish with fruit sauces. This Chicken with Prune and Bacon Sauce is such a dish, and it is great for entertaining because it is a one-pot dish and very tasty.

I used drumsticks instead of breast meat for richer flavor. I served it over white plain rice and it was absolutely delicious.

Buen Provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 8 chicken drumsticks, bone in and skin on
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 bacon slices, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup prunes


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat the olive oil, add the bacon and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until crispy. Remove and set aside.
  2. Rub the chicken with salt and pepper and to the pot. Saute for about 3 minutes on each side or until brown. Remove from the pot and set aside with the bacon.
  3. Add the onions to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until translucent, add more olive oil if necessary. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the red wine and with a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the chicken, bacon and remaining ingredients to the pot. Cook over medium- low heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thicken. Add more chicken stock if necessary. Serve warm over white rice.
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1 monicajane January 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I don’t generally like sweet in savory foods with a few exceptions…this strikes me as one of those exceptions. It sounds really wonderful…and all I need are some prunes…I see it on the cooking agenda…I like that it’s very different from what I’m generally drawn to.


2 Joan Nova January 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I love using prunes in stewed meat dishes, especially pork. As it cooks down, it creates a delicious sauce. There is a brand in the supermarket that is orange- and lemon-essence prunes which add a great fragrance but I imagine you got that from the orange zest. While I make a similar dish, I have not included a few ingredients you have like honey, wine and bacon which I’m sure just adds additional layers of flavor. Plain rice is the perfect accompaniment. You don’t need more than that.


3 Oysterculture January 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I’ve never cooked much with prunes this way, just do not think to. I always enjoy them but I guess I need to be reminded which you just did – thanks so much! Happy Weekend!


4 Chef E January 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

This looks and sounds great Erica. I have laughed lately since marketing ‘prune’ juice in the form of ‘Plum’ juice is all over the teli as of late…I guess Plums sound better than Prunes, but I enjoy them in any form…I will have to try adding them to a recipe soon, since you posted this lovely dish!


5 Anonymous January 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Que rico!. Con el pollo no lo he probado, pero sí con lomo de cerdo y me gusta mucho.
Lo probaré con el pollo la próxima vez.
Un beso.


6 Erica January 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Thank you all!


7 Chris January 16, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Great looking dish. I’m with you, bone in meat is almost always better than boneless, skinless (sometimes tasteless) chicken breast.


8 Janice January 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

this dish looks great, I’ve never paired prunes and bacon before. The chicken looks absolutely delicious


9 rebecca subbiah January 16, 2010 at 10:16 PM

oh cool recipe and i adore one pot meals yum


10 Sandra g January 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Great New Way To Make Chicken, Thanks Erica!


11 Kim January 17, 2010 at 12:37 AM

It’s so pretty. I LOVE one pot meals!


12 Sook January 17, 2010 at 1:14 AM

Chicken with a sweet fruity plum sauce sounds wonderful to me. Thanks for sharing!


13 peanutts January 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Thats a lovely looking dish ,


14 Erica January 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting! Come back soon ;-)


15 Faith January 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I agree, the sweet and savory flavor combination is wonderful. This dish is really pretty and I bet it was perfect served over rice! I know Mike would love this one too, so I’ll be making it in the near future!


16 Devon January 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

That looks gorgeous on a plate and I totally dig the idea of sweet meat.


17 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Okay, I’ve never been a fan of prunes (I blame my parents for making me eat them as a child) but this looks so good! I think the bacon is what I really love though :)


18 Velva January 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Prunes are a wonderful addition to meat dishes. Bacon? Well, we all know bacon is always wonderful :-)
This looks like a delicious recipe. I know that I would enjoy it.


19 Erica January 17, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I truly appreciate all your comments!


20 Bren January 17, 2010 at 11:11 PM

ay que rico el pollo este, aunque yo no como bacon ni nada que se trate de puerco. pero el pollo luce ser bien juicy!!


21 Ruth January 18, 2010 at 5:54 AM

I just love this recipe! Like you I love dishes that combine sweet and savoury flavours!


22 Amalia January 18, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Me encanta esta combinacion, te felicito y one pot meal es lo mejor que se ha podido inventar
un saludo


23 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 18, 2010 at 2:05 PM

What an awesome flavor combination!


24 Michelle January 18, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I made a Pork with Prunes and Bacon last year but I bet the chicken would be much better!

Gorgeous photo, Erica and wonderful colors to the dish as well!


25 Erica January 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Thank you guys ;-)


26 Michelle November 18, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I loved it. I would make minor changes, but the flavor was tremendous.


27 Tracy October 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

This is my 3rd time cooking this dish. It’s just wonderful, even our French friends loved it. Thanks for a great recipe!


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