In Sarah Beth Durst's beautiful Arctic fantasy novel Ice (reminiscent of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Beauty and the Beast, and White Bear King Valemon), the meals and foods are often used to enhance the meaning of a scene or to bring further understanding of a character or setting. Comfort and the facade the facade thereof, and desperation and providence, among other themes, are shown through food or meals via Durst's succinct and engrossing writing style. Read my review of Ice here.
Note: The favorite chicken meal in the story is simply described as being "wine soaked". Because the dish is served in the Arctic, science-magic palace of a polar bear spirit caretaker, and because I love creamy sauces, I decided to not only marinate the chicken in white wine, but also to cover it in a creamy white wine sauce (and obviously I chose white wine instead of red).
Another very important point to note, this dish can be non-alcoholic (because even heated, alcohol doesn't entirely cook off). Instead of using wine, use a mixture of white grape juice and white vinegar! This makes for a wonderful and unique flavor. I adore it.
Cassie's Favorite Wine Soaked Chicken
(w/ Cream Sauce)
2 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts
1 Cup White Wine (the drinking kind, not the cooking kind)
1 Tbsp. White Vinegar + enough White Grape Juice to equal 1 Cup
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1 Cup Heavy Cream
3/4 Cup White Wine (same kind as used for marinade)
2 tsp. White Vinegar + enough White Grape Juice to equal 3/4 Cup
2 Tbsp. Flour
Pinch of Ground Sage
Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
Salt, to taste
Cracked Pepper, to taste
1. Remove the fat & yucky bits from the chicken & then slice them however you'd like (medium, bite-sized, or leave whole). Place the chicken into a sturdy plastic baggie or a plastic dish with a lid in which the chicken can lay flat. Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients & pour the resulting mixture over the chicken. Close the baggie or container & toss (or squish in the case of the baggie) to coat & then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.