Pecan Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Merlot Cherry Sauce

Some time ago I had a dish that I remember to this day, and it was well over 3 years ago – the dish had cherry sauce with chicken.  I can’t remember the restaurant and I can’t remember the town but I sure remember that combination and I ate every-single-bite!

You know how your tastes and smells can take you back to a moment?  Well a sip of 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon wine with it’s cherry flavor took me back to that moment;  and I knew this was the right wine to try and recreate that dish with a fun twist – I made it to accent homemade chicken nuggets.


The chicken nuggets recipe came from The Taste of Home. Simple and delicious!


Merlot Cherry Sauce
Recipe Type: Sauce
Author: Stephanie from GrinnningLikeAnIdiot.com
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Serves: 6 pints
Cherry Merlot Sauce is good on chicken, cheesecake, pancakes, cake – whatever you want. Make plenty to save for later and/or give for gifts
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup 14 Hands Merlot
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 16 oz bag of Frozen Dark Sweet Cherries – thawed and coarsely chopped
  1. Combine sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, wine and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until a rolling boil.
  3. Add Cherries. Stirring constantly, bring back to a rolling boil until the liquid becomes thick (about 8 minutes).
  4. Pour hot mixture into hot jars, filling to 1/4 inch from top. Wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.
  5. Process in boiling-water bath 10 minutes.

Be sure to take a look at the Wine Peach Sauce as well – these sauces are the perfect accessory to most dishes!

What smell or culinary treat takes you back in time?

  • Tammy_3DifferentDirections
    November 18, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Oh that sounds so good! Back in the 70s and 80s my mom would make a dessert with pears in a wine sauce. I must look for this 14 hands in the store, I’d like to try it.

  • OyVeyaDay
    November 18, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Now those sound like chicken nuggets I would like! I am definitely going to try these out sometime. I’m pinning for later!

  • Lynda Self
    November 19, 2013, 1:19 pm

    I don’t know that any smells take me back in time, but I certainly enjoy aromas from fresh baked bread.

  • maryann
    November 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

    what a great combo – merlot AND cherries

  • anne
    November 20, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I’ve never cooked with wine, but this looks really good!

  • November 23, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Sounds and looks delicious. I don’t cook with wine often, I need to become a bit more adventurous.

  • November 24, 2013, 12:43 am

    Now that I’ve finished my detox, I’m going to have to try this (with a few changes). I love that there are cherries in the recipe!

  • November 24, 2013, 1:01 am

    This is the grownup version of chicken nuggets!

  • strangedaze
    November 24, 2013, 2:38 am

    Ok, this sounds really delicious. I love the idea of adding cherries!

  • mumseword
    November 24, 2013, 6:18 am

    woah!! The adult nuggets! I like!!

  • Anne
    November 24, 2013, 6:32 am

    What a great way to glam up chicken nuggets!

  • Elaina
    November 24, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Looks like the adult version of nuggets! I have to try this recipe

  • November 24, 2013, 3:24 pm

    That is quite a meal! :)

  • Kira
    November 24, 2013, 5:48 pm

    This has my name written all over it – wine sauce – count me in :)

  • robyn
    November 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Oh wow! These sound delish!

  • November 24, 2013, 7:31 pm

    That sauce sounds amazing…and very versatile.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 24, 2013, 7:41 pm

    What a fabulous sauce you created for this dish. I love it!

  • Rachel
    November 24, 2013, 8:59 pm

    It is like grown up chicken nuggets. Wow, that looks amazing, and the sauce looks incredible.

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity
    November 24, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Oh, big girl chicken nuggets! That is so totally amazing sounding.

  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins
    November 25, 2013, 1:52 am

    Sounds really good and tasty!

  • Julie Johnston
    December 8, 2013, 7:42 am

    These sound amazing! And they make chicken nuggets look so fancy. :)