I found a simple recipe that had two things that appealed to me.
1) It used a paste of garlic and lemon zest on the chicken. Lemon and garlic are two of my favorite flavors together, not most favorite though! ;)
2) It also included fennel in a medley of vegatables that were roasted with the chicken.
I thought that maybe if the fennel was mixed in with other flavors and roasted until almost sweet I would sneak it by. No such luck! Just as we were finishing dinner, my husband announces that there is a flavor that he doesn't like. He kindly asks "is it fennel?" Busted!
I really liked the dish. It was a bed of zucchini, roma tomatoes, fennel, and thyme roasted with garlic lemon chicken. I found the flavors to be subtle and comforting.