Hippie Kitchen Recipe: Balsamic Chicken and Peaches

I planned on sharing something different with you today, but after last night’s dinner, I sort of changed my mind.  Actually, I changed my mind when my dad saw me taking pictures of this dish on his walkway and I realized that if I didn’t blog about it, I was just some weirdo taking pictures of her dinner on the ground.

My coworker actually gave me a recipe for something similar during the week, but I used it as my grocery list and threw it out when I got home from shopping.  Fail.

I had already bought the peaches and didn’t want them to turn, so I decided to wing it and see how it turned out if I made my own, simple version without something to follow.  The peaches added just the right amount of sweetness, the balsamic balances it nicely, and the hint of cumin adds just the right touch of smokiness to the dish.

You could easily substitute tofu or eggplant to make a vegetarian or vegan version.  I served it over wild rice since it just seemed to go well, but quinoa could easily be subbed, as well.

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Ingredients

  • 3 decent sized chicken breasts (or leftover chicken from a previous recipe)
  • 3 peaches (chopped, pits removed)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin to taste

Directions

  • If beginning with raw chicken, dress chicken in salt and pepper and place in a skillet with a few drizzles of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Cook for a few minutes each side, cutting slightly into chicken to ensure juices run clear.  Remove chicken from pan.
  • If beginning with leftover chicken, which is what I did, shred and place off to the side while a skillet warms with a touch of olive oil.  I often make a batch of shredded chicken to throw into quick dinners, soups, and salads…so that’s what I used.
  • Turn heat down to medium and sauté peach slices for a minute or two per side
  • Meanwhile, mix balsamic vinegar and orange juice
  • Return (or place) chicken in pan and add spices and balsamic/OJ, covering and allowing to simmer for a few minutes
  • Serve over wild rice

I’m always intimidating when cooking with fruit, unless it’s baking with something like blueberries that are so versatile).  I’m always worried about burning the fruit, or letting the juices cook out…but these came out sweet and juicy.  It’s rare that A eats fruit other than bananas, so it was a treat for me to see him enjoy the meal as much as he did.

I’m always secretly enthralled when he enjoys anything healthy.  It’s like health food lover’s dream!

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So go make use of those peaches while they’re still in season and get cookin’.

xo

-Tori

 

What’s your favorite way to cook with fruit?

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