The main content
Rachael's Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Fennel & Celery Slaw

Rachael's Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Fennel & Celery Slaw


For the slaw:

  • 1 bulb fennel, trimmed and very thinly sliced with a sharp knife or on a mandolin

  • 3 to 4 stalks celery with leafy tops, stalks very thinly sliced on an angle and tops coarsely chopped

  • 1 small or ½ medium medium red onion, very thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • About 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling

  • Salt and pepper

For the chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced or crushed and chopped

  • About ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons pourable or regular light-brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped

  • About 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 rounded tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard

  • 2 cups arugula leaves (a couple of handfuls)

  • A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley tops, coarsely chopped


In a large bowl, toss the fennel, celery, onion, lemon juice, and EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Let the slaw marinate while you prepare the chicken.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, two turns of the pan, to the skillet. Add the chicken. Cook until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat a bit and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, one turn of pan, to the skillet. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, sugar, rosemary, and Worcestershire and cook, stirring often, until reduced and thickened a bit, about 1 minute. Stir in the Dijon. Add the chicken and turn until coated. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute more.

Mix the arugula and parsley into the slaw. Serve the chicken whole or sliced with the slaw alongside.