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      Lemon Ruhbarb Chicken

      Sweet, tart, and  savory ruhbarb compliments this chicken served with fluffy jasmine rice makes this dish eloquently gourmet and delightful, its a sure winner for any occasion.


      5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

      2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup chopped shallots

      4 1/2 cups diced rhubarb, divided

      1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

      2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel, divided

      1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

      1/2 cup sliced unpeeled fresh ginger

      3/4 cup sugar

      6 tablespoons brandy

      4 cups low-salt chicken broth

      1 whole star anise

      1 bay leaf

      6 boneless chicken breast halves with skin


      1.)Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 

      2.) tablespoons chopped shallots and 2 cups rhubarb; sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon peel. Season with salt and pepper. Cool rhubarb stuffing.

      3.)Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over low heat. Add 21/2 cups rhubarb, 1/4 cup shallots, and ginger; sauté until soft, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add sugar and brandy; boil 1 minute. Add broth, star anise, and bay leaf. Simmer over low heat until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. 

      4.)Strain sauce, discarding solids in strainer. Stir 1/3 cup rhubarb stuffing into sauce. DO AHEAD Stuffing and sauce can be made 2 days ahead. Cover each separately and chill. Rewarm sauce before using.

      5.)Preheat oven to 425°F. Using fingertips, separate skin from flesh of chicken breasts, forming pocket. Place about 2 tablespoons rhubarb stuffing in pocket. 

      6.)Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, add chicken breasts, skin side down, to skillet; cook until brown, about 7 minutes. Transfer chicken, skin side down, to roasting pan.

      7.)Roast chicken 10 minutes; baste with pan juices. Roast until cooked through, about 10 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to platter, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and serve, passing sauce alongside.