Nearly Summer Supper: Gingery Chicken with Peaches

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Hello, and happy Sunday! Hope you had a nice weekend!

Friday afternoon my best girlfriends and I road tripped up north to St. Paul, Minnesota to meet some more of my best girlfriends for a baby shower! It seems I am up to my ears in babies these days! ;)

My beautiful friend Ellen will welcome her first child in just over a month, and we couldn’t have been happier to celebrate with her. (BTW can we all please acknowledge the faux fur baby coat she received in the picture below?! ;) )

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Ellen and I, and the group of girls above, have been friends since high school, and are lucky to have remained close over the years. It’s been great being able to get together often over the past decade since high school at weddings and baby showers. I don’t ever want it to end!

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The girls and I reluctantly parted ways and drove back Saturday evening, but I’m glad we did. It’s always nice to have the whole day on Sunday to spend at home, especially when it’s as nice as it was today. Hot, sunny, and over 90 degrees! 8)

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I attempted to beat the heat by hitting the trail early this morning for a long run. I didn’t get further than 50 yards when the unmistakable smell of lilacs hit me. Sure enough, about 30 seconds later I ran right past a whole clump of ‘em, followed by another one…then another one…then another one. Ahhh, that scent is one of my favorite things about spring. Surely it means the warm weather is here to stay, right?!

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After cleaning up, Ben and I went to visit our new new niece Evie, Finn, my sister-in-law and brother for a couple hours. They are all doing so well, and Finn is the BEST big brother. “This is my baby sister!” he says as he shows her off in between kisses. ;)

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After we got home, I got to work on dinner, which was easy, peasy – Gingery Chicken with Peaches.

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This is an adaptation of a Martha Stewart recipe, which combines the spicy flavors of fresh ginger and red onions, with frozen peaches and brown sugar. Kind of got that savory-sweet thang goin’ on, which I just love.

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Fresh peaches are a total summer thing, but since it felt so much like summer today, I thought it was only appropriate to give this super easy dish using it’s frozen brethren a whirl. :)

Start by pounding 1lb chicken breasts to a uniform thickness. 1lb is about 2 large chicken breasts, or 3 small-medium sized ones.

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Season both sides with salt & pepper, then place the chicken breasts in a large Ziplock bag with a super yummy marinade.

In the mix:

  • Brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ginger
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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Marinate the chicken for 15 minutes, or up to an hour.

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Meanwhile, cut 1 large red onion in half, then cut each half into 1/4″ slices.

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To the slices, add 1lb (1 bag) frozen peaches.

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Add flavorings that were also in the marinade like ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, vegetable & sesame oil, then sprinkle in some red pepper flakes, and toss with your hands to combine.

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Pour the seasoned peaches and onions into a casserole dish, nestle the marinated chicken in the middle, then bake for 25 minutes.

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Done and done!

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Place the chicken, peaches and onions atop a bed of rice (I used brown basmati) and drizzle with the flavor-packed sauce from the casserole dish. Mega yum!

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Gingery Chicken with Peaches

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
1 bag (1lb) frozen peaches, unthawed
1 red onion, halved and sliced 1/4″ inch thick
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, micro planed or finely minced
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
cooked brown or white rice

For the marinade:
1lb chicken breasts
salt & pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, micro planed or finely minced
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper. Combine ingredients for marinade in a large zip lock bag. Add chicken and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place frozen peaches and onions in a large bowl then add ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, sesame oil, and red-pepper flakes, and toss to coat. Pour into a non-stick sprayed 9×13 casserole dish. Nestle marinated chicken into the peaches and onions, and roast until chicken is cooked through, about 25-30 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

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I HEART baked chicken – it is so incredibly moist and tender.

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The peaches and onions were the perfect yin and yang, flavor wise, and caramelized in the hot oven creating a mouthwatering sauce.

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The GINGER though – so good! What is it about ginger that I am totally loving these days?! I think it’s because it gives so much flavor to a dish, without having to add a lot of fat or calories. Or something. Who knows!

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Well, the sidewalks are calling! Ben and I are off on a Sunday evening stroll. Hope you had a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Comments

  1. Dee 04.01.2012

    This looks amazing! Glad you had a great trip!

  2. Mollie 04.01.2012

    Your outfit was so cute at the baby shower! I love that color top and paired with the turquoise necklace…

    That dinner looks amazing. It is making me get off my butt and go feed myself dinner (and it will not look as pretty as yours =) )

    Looks like a great weekend!!

  3. Lindsey 04.01.2012

    I’ve been walking like crazy these days. The weather is just perfect!
    I cannot wait to make this dish! It will definitely be making an appearance this week!

    • Lindsey 04.01.2012

      Oh! And I’ve been meaning to ask you… has Eloise (aka- your bike) made a reappearance this year? Or is she stuck in retirement? :)

      • Iowa Girl Eats 04.02.2012

        Oh it’s so sad – she has a flat tire right now and I just haven’t had time to get her fixed!

  4. Certainly sounds like a delicious way to kick off summer!

  5. This sounds so good! WOW 90!? It was about 59-60 in Nor. Cal today.

  6. Megan 04.01.2012

    Looks so good. Will have to try it soon! Chobani is 2/$1 at HyVee today! Good time to stock up!

  7. Lauren 04.01.2012

    I’ve actually made this recipe before and it was delicious! I love cooking with peaches. Need to do it more often. :)

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  8. morgan 04.01.2012

    This looks yummy! I bet it’d be awesome with pork tenderloin too. Pork and peaches go together soooo well.

  9. peaches just scream summer to me!! i enjoyed some today — in a bit unhealthier way — on top of my fro yo!! will have to try this dinner recipe soon. have a great week!!

  10. My group of girlfriends from high school all live in different cities now, but the wedding rush has just started and it has been fun being able to see them!

    Summer ALWAYS puts me in the mood for peaches! I’ve never tried them in a savory dish – I’ll have to give this one a shot!

  11. Sarah 04.01.2012

    This looks fantastic, but I think I’m going to substitute baked tofu for the chicken to cut down on my meat intake. Still, the flavors look fantastic and I cannot wait to eat this on the porch in the warm weather.

  12. Anne 04.01.2012

    What a GORGEOUS group of girls! How fun that y’all could be together :) Isn’t that the best feeling? Spring has definitely sprung–your pictures are beautiful.

  13. brook 04.01.2012

    Looks like you had a fab time with the girls. And I’m with you on the lilacs they are my favorite too. And this recipe will be in my dinner line up this week. Thanks for feeding my fam. They’d starve without you ;-)

  14. Lilacs are the absolute best smell in the world. Can’t wait until they bloom over here!

  15. Trisha 04.01.2012

    Lilacs are amazing! Every year I just want to bottle up that scent and keep it around forever. No artificial lilac scent will ever do justice to the real thing.

  16. Alison 04.01.2012

    That sounds AMAZING! Definitely want to try it.

  17. Wow, this looks incredibly flavorful and refreshing!

  18. Tanten 04.02.2012

    I’m so jealous, in Sweden it SNOWED this morning, I want spring so badly and lilacs…

  19. Aren’t lilacs just the best? It takes me back to living in Germany. Dinner looks awesome too!

  20. Always love your recipes! Keep ‘em comin’!

  21. Elain 04.02.2012

    As a former Iowa girl, I can appreciate the lilacs in spring love affair. In Bloomington, MN, the lilacs arent’ blooming yet, but the buds are definitely there, so soon maybe. “unthawed” must be an Iowa thing.

  22. Linda 04.02.2012

    I made your Chipotle burrito bowls for dinner last night, and tonight we’re trying your BBQ pulled pork. Will definitely be adding this recipe to my list to try. Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!!!

  23. Steph 04.02.2012

    I’ll definitely have to try the chicken!

    Also, where did you get your orange top? It’s so cute!

  24. Iowa Girl Eats 04.02.2012

    Thanks! It’s from Forever 21. :)

  25. Rosella 04.02.2012

    I love lilacs too. I used to live in a house that had Miss Kim Lilacs by the front gate. It was the best. There used to be a lilac arboretum on the southeast side of Des Moines, I went there once years ago. I wonder if it is still there?

  26. Kathy Bradley 04.02.2012

    Kristin, What a wonderful surprise to see these pictures, your journal comments AND a wonderful recipe to share! It was a treat to see you. Here’s to family, friends and yummy food far and wide.

  27. Hallie Sawyer 04.02.2012

    Hi Kristin! First off, I love that you have a gob of brunettes in your circle of friends. They are hard to come by these days! Or maybe it is because I am older than you and my circle of friends are trying to hide their grays.:)

    This recipe looks awesome and so easy! My kids will happy to see a new chicken recipe on the horizon. Enjoy our beautiful Midwest weather!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.02.2012

      Oh my gosh, you’re right! I never realized we were all brunettes! Too funny… :)

    • Lexi 04.02.2012

      Funny! I was just going to write the same thing! And all of you have straight hair too…and kind of look the same!

  28. Jeri 04.02.2012

    Jealous of the lilacs. I NEEEED the smell of lilacs. Another friend was talking about some she came across. I had such an urge to smell it and I remembered I had some lilac scented wax for my candle warmer. So now I can just turn it on!

  29. That looks like it is easy and very flavorful. What a winner of a recipe! Thanks!

  30. Hallie Sawyer 04.03.2012

    Okay, I made this last night but mine didn’t look as good as yours. My peaches were a bit overdone so I think I will keep them a little more frozen next time. But the fam loved it so that is all that matters. Looks are everything, right?! :)

  31. Kristin 04.05.2012

    I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC! It was also really easy. Thanks for sharing!

  32. asha 04.05.2012

    can i use fresh peaches? or should i freeze them first? i cannot find frozen peaches anywhere!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.07.2012

      Ok, I thought I was the only one who had trouble finding them – I had to go to like, 3 different stores! At any rate, yes I would freeze them, otherwise they would turn to mush during the roasting process!

  33. Esther 04.05.2012

    I love your blog, and have made several of your recipes. This chicken and peaches was great! My family loved it. Thanks. You are such a great inspiration for new recipes, and ideas.

  34. LeeAnne 04.11.2012

    I just made this tonight, and WOW! So good! It came out perfectly. My husband loves it, too. Thanks! :)

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