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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cherry Port Sauce

Crush anise seeds in a mortar and pestle or by placing them between two pieces of waxed paper and use a rolling pin to roll over or lightly pound them. The gentle licorice flavor blends well with the sweetness of the fruit and rich port, while the dash of balsamic brings a tart balance.

Servings 4
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 (20 ounces) Just Bare Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons anise seeds, lightly crushed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted, halved
  • 1/3 cup ruby port
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g 20%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Calcium 3%Iron 11%
Vitamin C 5%Vitamin A 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Season chicken with crushed anise, salt, and pepper; arrange on foil or parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast chicken about 30 minutes or until no longer pink near bone (165°F internally).
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, shallots for about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in cherries, port, and vinegar. Cook about 10 minutes or until reduced by half and cherries are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve chicken with cherry sauce.


Just Bare® Chicken Drumsticks may be substituted for the Bone-In Chicken Thighs.