Sweet & Sour Rabbit (Rabbit Saor)

Here rabbit (or chicken) is cooked in the style of sarde in saor, a classic dish where sardines are fried in olive oil, mixed with onions and raisins sautéed in the same flavorful oil and then finished with a jolt of vinegar. Juniper berries add a woodsy essence.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) rabbit, skinned and cut into 6 pieces, or 3 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs

  • ½ cup passito or other white dessert wine plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 5 medium white onions, thinly sliced

  • 8 juniper berries

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided

  • cup white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper, divided

  • cup pine nuts

  • cup raisins

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 6 cups greens, such as arugula, mâche, lamb's lettuce, spinach or watercress


  1. Place rabbit (or chicken) in a large pot and add just enough water to cover the meat. Add 1/2 cup wine, cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, covered, until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours for rabbit or 30 minutes for chicken.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, juniper berries and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Cover the pan and set aside.

  3. Transfer the rabbit (or chicken) to a clean cutting board. Using two forks, shred the meat into large pieces. (Discard bones.) Transfer to a medium bowl and add the remaining 2 tablespoons wine, 1 tablespoon oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. Stir in the onion mixture, pine nuts and raisins.

  4. Whisk lemon juice with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper in a medium bowl. Add greens and toss to coat. Serve the salad with the meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

509 Calories
27g Fat
18g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 509
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 47g 94%
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Vitamin A 565IU 11%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 61mcg 15%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 74mg 18%
Potassium 914mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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