Chicken with Prunes and Bacon

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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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 says

    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. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

  9. Adrienne hagan says

    Yummy recipe. Am making it again tomorrow for some family. Love all the favors. I’m going to try in a crock pot. I’ll keep you posted!!

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