A simple Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe, delicious for casual hosting. Serve with a side of rice, mashed sweet potatoes, polenta, or a light salad.

Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

I’ve learned a valuable life lesson when it comes to entertaining, and that is to plan, prepare, and get organized with the details. Details like feeling confident in the menu that I choose. This Roasted Chicken, Grapes, and Rosemary dish is so delicious, and good enough for company!

Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

I’ve also made a similar recipe, Baked Chicken Breasts with Roasted Grapes, with a yummy 5 Spice and honey sauce!

Easy Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary

Ingredients for this roasted chicken recipe:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Sweet onion
  • Shallot
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • White wine
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Seedless red grapes
  • Lemon

Easy Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

There’s not a worse feeling, when you know company is coming, than feeling wishy-washy in the kitchen and questioning your culinary skills or your choice of menu. Which again, is why you need to feel confident with the recipes you are making. 

How to roast chicken

  1. Start with a preheated hot oven– 400°F.
  2. After the chicken is prepared and seared (according to the reicpe), place in a roasting pan, with grapes and onions on top. Do not cover!
  3. Place in the hot oven and roast the chicken for about 30 minutes.

Best Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

Last week I said “yes” to a last-minute dinner date, friends coming to our house for a casual meal.

Roasted Chicken, Grapes and Rosemary Recipe

I think so many people say “no” to entertaining because it’s scary, it’s imperfect, and they just do not feel confident. But I like to think of each entertaining moment as an opportunity I can learn from. We all start somewhere small, with what we can handle, and those baby steps take us to the next experience.

Best Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary

How to feel confident with your cooking:

-Decide on the menu. Don’t get in over your head with recipes that are too difficult. Pick something you know you can handle.

-Prep ingredients–like chopping vegetables–earlier in the day. 

-Start off with a clean kitchen, which makes cooking feel more organized.

-Don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the cooking experience!

-Think about the guests who are coming and how you are going to bless them!

Tasty Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

I also have really learned to not allow myself to be overly rushed when company is coming. I’ve had that experience a handful of times and I did not like the feeling.

Do you have to cover a chicken when roasting?

  • Roasting is a technique that relies on high heat! You want the most tendy and juicy meat.  
  • To roast chicken, cook it in a heavy roasting pan at high heat (we use 400 degrees F for this recipe).
  • Do not cover the chicken to roast it. Using a lid will prevent browning and create a moist, soft skin instead.

Tasty Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary

I had friends who were there to help, so it all turned out fine. But to really, to enjoy the moment, it’s good to not rush through the things that we should be savoring, or the lesson that we can draw from each day!

Roasted Chicken, Grapes and Rosemary Recipe

What did I serve last week? Roasted Chicken and Grapes with Rosemary. Delicious!

I love this recipe because you can prepare it, and then toss it in the oven right before the guests come.

Roasted Chicken Grapes annd Rosemary Recipe

You can serve this on polenta, mashed potatoes, or mashed sweet potatoes! It’s also delicious with a side or rice or a light green salad!

It’s a warm, cozy dish that is festive and fun – and will be a great gift to offer your guests around a casual table this month.

Roasted Chicken Grapes with Rosemary Recipe

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Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary Recipe

A simple one-pot chicken dish with grapes and fresh rosemary.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings


  • 4 whole chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 T. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 4 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half if large
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken, pat dry with paper towels, and cut in in half to ensure even cooking. Salt and pepper each piece. Tenderize if desired.
  • Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the diced onions and shallots when oil is hot—sauté for 4-5 minutes or until ingredients are golden. Add the wine, lemon, rosemary, and grapes and cook for another 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Remove the skillet form heat and set aside.
  • In a separate, large skillet, add a remaining olive oil on high heat and sear the chicken breast on each side for 2 minutes, drizzle a splash of balsamic vinegar over each side as you flip. Sear until chicken lightly caramelized—it does not have to be fully cooked. Keep juices and add to roasting pan for moisture and flavor.
  • Place 1/2 of the onion and grape mixture on the bottom of a roasting pan, then place chicken on top with juices from pan. Spread remaining grapes and onions on top. Sprinkle with remaining chopped rosemary, and place the pan in the oven. Roast the chicken for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove it from the oven and serve immediately—pair with rice, or a light salad!


Originally posted December 2013
Course: Main Course
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This post originally posted December 2013.

I’m talking about JOY today …

I also wrote a post over a The Art of Simple blog a few years ago, Keeping the Joy in Entertaining.

JOY really comes from doing for others. It’s the simple things that really count in life that make your heart happy, happy, happy—like giving, listening, cooking, connecting. For me, it’s about inviting friends and family in to our home. Acts of love can really make you happy, which can increase or respark that joy in your life. :)

Roasted Chicken Grapes Rosemary