People ask me all the time where I get ideas for what to make for dinner.
Inspiration comes from far and wide. From other bloggers and food websites, to meals I’ve had on vacation, and what’s on sale at the grocery store or in season at the Farmers’ Market at the moment.
Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the most unlikely of sources…like the back of a vinegar bottle, for instance.
Really! See, while Ben was busy dousing his fish & chips with malt vinegar at an Irish Pub in the NY NY Hotel this Spring in Vegas, I caught a glimpse of the back of the vinegar bottle.
Peachy Chicken, it read. Intrigued, I tried to catch a glimpse of the recipe as he shook the bottle up and down, up and down, over and over and over! (Ben likes vinegar. ) Give that to me! I exclaimed, as I pried the vinegar bottle from his sour death grip.
Peachy Chicken, I thought, hmmmm, I’m intrigued… I like peaches, I like chicken – I bet I would really like Peachy Chicken! Wait…there’s canned peach liquid in this recipe. I might as well pour corn syrup straight down my throat. Gross. Ew, plus orange juice concentrate. More sugar! Ben hates sweet chicken too. What to do, what to do…
Eh, I’ll figure this out later. I’m in Vegas and this Jeremiah Weed isn’t going to drink itself. Yhatzee!
Well almost 4 months later, I’ve finally “figured it out” and made a healthier version of the recipe on the back of the Vegas vinegar bottle – Savory Peach Chicken!
This was better than I ever imagined, and not anywhere near as sweet as “Peachy Chicken” would have been.
It might be my new favorite whole chicken breast recipe, actually, plus Ben loved it too!
I started by pounding a couple chicken breast until they were a uniform thickness then seasoned them with lots of salt and pepper.
Next I seared the chicken breasts in a wee bit of extra virgin olive oil, until they were golden brown on one side.
Then I flipped and did the same on the other side. I didn’t cook the chicken all the way through – just gave it some color.
After the chicken breasts were browned on both sides, I removed them to a plate, and aside for the time being. Then I made a delectable sauce for the dish, made up of brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fresh orange juice and chicken broth,
and sliced up two juicy organic peaches. Oooo, I wanted a slice so bad!
Next, I quickly sautéed some microplaned ginger and garlic in the hot skillet, before adding the sauce and peaches in.
The peaches and sauce got soft and reduced for a bit, before I nestled the chicken back in the pan,
and popped the lid on top.
5 minutes later we were ready to rock!
Luscious, elegant, savory and just a hint of sweet. Spectacular!
I was afraid the peaches would be mealy or mushy as they cooked down – instead they turned velvety and practically melted in my mouth after poaching in the savory soy sauce and chicken broth for just over 10 minutes.
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Savory Peach Chicken
Savory Peach Chicken is a dish inspired by the recipe on the back of the Heinz Malt Vinegar bottle! It's much fresher, and lighter in this yummy adaptation.
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts, pounded to uniform thickness
- salt & pepper
- 1" knob fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
- 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
- 2 organic peaches, sliced thin
- Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, orange juice and chicken broth in a bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper, then place in the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown on one side, then flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, ~4 minutes total. Chicken will not be cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add ginger and garlic to the hot pan and stir constantly for no more than 10 seconds. Add the brown sugar/chicken broth mixture and sliced peaches to the pan, and increase heat to high. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring once or twice, until sauce has thickened and peaches start to become soft.
- Nestle chicken back into the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, place a lid on top and cook for 5 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve on top of brown rice cooked in chicken broth.
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
When inspiration strikes – find a way to make it work for you!