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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
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Cherry Merlot Sauce is good on chicken, cheesecake, pancakes, cake - whatever you want. Make plenty to save for later and/or give for gifts
  • 1⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1½ 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 ¼ 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!

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  • Tammy_3DifferentDirections

    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

    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

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

  • maryann

    what a great combo – merlot AND cherries

  • anne

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

  • http://thetravelingpraters.com/ Tonya @ The Traveling Praters

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

  • http://www.agirlworthsaving.net/ Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving

    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!

  • http://justjeanae.com/ Jeanae

    This is the grownup version of chicken nuggets!

  • strangedaze

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

  • mumseword

    woah!! The adult nuggets! I like!!

  • Anne

    What a great way to glam up chicken nuggets!

  • Elaina

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

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com/ HilLesha

    That is quite a meal! :)

  • Kira

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

  • robyn

    Oh wow! These sound delish!

  • http://www.reallyareyouserious.com Krystyn

    That sauce sounds amazing…and very versatile.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

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

  • Rachel

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

  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

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

  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

    Sounds really good and tasty!

  • Julie Johnston

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