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.


  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.