Mar 23, 2009

Peachy Chicken

You knew I was going somewhere when I posted my Rice Presentation, didn’t you?

There are certain dishes that will always remain special to me. This peachy chicken dish is one of them. I pretty much grew up on it and now my son is growing up on it. Old family recipes can have a such a huge impact on people. Both positive and negative, of course—I still cringe when I think about some of the old family cabbage recipes.

If you have picky eaters, give this dish a go. Children seem to take to it naturally, probably because of the sweet flavors. Normally it would be a tad too sweet for my taste, but it’s the memories attached to it that make this the ultimate comfort food to me. I get to be child again with every bite I take!

This is a perfect weekday dinner. It’s cheerful and light, and has everything in it you could possibly ask for and then some. There’s an amazing balance between the chicken, the vegetables, the fruit and the sweet and sour sauce really finishes it off nicely.

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken fillet
1 28 oz can peaches (in light syrup)
2 onions
1 bell pepper
1 leek
1 garlic clove
1 chili pepper
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 5 oz can tomato paste
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil

Optional: vinegar

Directions:

Sharpen your knife! It just works so much better when it’s really sharp. This is the best knife sharpener to date. They should be paying me to say this, but they’re not.

Finely chop 2 medium-sized onions.

Wash and chop a bell pepper. Not sure why, but I always use a red bell pepper for this dish. Has to be a color balance thing, I guess I even do that subconsciously these days.

Now here’s what I do when I’m cooking up a storm while I’m alone with my son; I wear rubber gloves. Looks pretty sexy, doesn’t it?

I only wear them to finely chop a chili pepper, though. I’ve also grated 2 garlic cloves while I was at it.

A large can of sun-ripened peaches. Yes, with syrup! We’re using the peaches as well as the syrup. My can was 28 oz.

Notice how I casually took the peaches out with a knife? It makes me feel all manly. Chop the peaches any way you like. Small pieces or large chunks, I don’t care. Whatever makes your skirt fly up, darlin’.

Wash and chop 1 pretty green leek. Leeks are fantastic veggies to work with! Leeks are full of vitamin C. So are bell peppers.

I’ve cut 1 pound of chicken fillet in tiny cubes. I always cut my chicken while it’s still slightly frozen. There’s a reason for that, yes, there is!

See the perfect chicken cubes you can make that way? Yes, I have issues, but I don’t care! I also have perfect chicken cubes!

Season the (perfect) chicken cubes with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Also break out the soy sauce and tomato paste/puree.

Heat 2 tbsp oil and quickly cook the chicken until it loses some of its rawness. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili pepper and garlic. Cook everything over low heat, for about 5 minutes.

Add your leeks, an 8 oz can of tomato paste, 3 to 4 tbsp soy sauce. Give everything a good stir and cook for a minute. Throw in the diced peaches and pour in the peach syrup. Give everything a good stir. This tastes soooo crazy good!

tip: if you want to create a really perfect balance, also add a little plain white vinegar. I completely ran out of it or I would have added a tsp or so.

Add 2 tsp sugar, stir it in and bring the sauce to a boil. Simmer over low heat, for about 15 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper and you’re done.

Seeing this I get hungry all over again. I only have to close my eyes and I can almost taste it. I love this dish, but since it’s not really high on vegetables (and I am), I usually serve it with some crispy, steamed green beans on the side. It’s a great match.


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    25 Comments »

    1. 1

      Peach with chicken??? Can’t imagine that… :)

      New Kid On The Blog on Mar 23, 2009 @ 9:44 am Reply
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      well, it’s like Uncle Benz’s Chicken Tonight (maybe only known in the Netherlands), but probably ten times healthier and better! No E-numbers involved :) My mum used to make this dish as well when I was growing up. The only difference was that instead of chicken fillet, whole chicken legs and wings were used. Kay, thanks for the recipe! I always wondered how my mum made the dish.

      Mae on Mar 23, 2009 @ 10:35 am Reply
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      I leave my chicken partially frozen as well, glad to see I am not alone with that. It cuts so much nicer that way. I also do it with bacon.

      Katie on Mar 23, 2009 @ 2:48 pm Reply
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      Yumm Kay…this looks so good. I have one at my house who won’t eat pork or beef so I’m always looking for a new twist on chicken. Thanks!

      KatieJ on Mar 23, 2009 @ 4:00 pm Reply
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      When I was a kid in the states, in the 60’s, my mother made this dish with “Saucy Susan”. A sauce in a jar, which is still out there. It was a mixture of peaches, apricots and some other stuff.
      I haven’t thought of Saucy Susan in years.
      Thanks for the memories!
      Stacey Snacks

      Stacey Snacks on Mar 23, 2009 @ 8:32 pm Reply
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      WOW! This would be great for a single person to make ahead and freeze ahead of time.

      I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks!

      Jenny in Montana on Mar 23, 2009 @ 8:41 pm Reply
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      Kay, this looks fantastic! And I love the little fun bits you add in your menus. Always a pleasure to read the silly things, too!

      Kate on Mar 23, 2009 @ 11:53 pm Reply
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      new here! :) came here from pioneer woman! i am loving your blog. what a pleasure it is to receive your cooking and lovely photography! i’m already stocking up on new ingredients and spices to try your recipes. thank you so much! :)

      Kimmie on Mar 24, 2009 @ 3:47 am Reply
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      This looks awesome – love the pictures you take…and the tips with the ‘rice presentation’ were really helpful…thanks for sharing :)

      Arch on Mar 24, 2009 @ 7:51 am Reply
    10. 10

      This is great! I have a plethora of canned peaches I’ve been trying to use creatively…

      AlaskaTeacher on Mar 24, 2009 @ 9:41 am Reply
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      This looks delicious! My kids will love it! I’ll definitely be giving this a try.
      I’m curious about something, in the collage picture that you have up there, the photo on the bottom left has a measuring spoon of something red? What is that? I’m not one to follow a recipe to the letter, but when I try something new and there are beautiful photos to go along with it, I just try to put it all together.
      Not seeing in the list of ingredients what that could be??

      Juli in Minnesota on Mar 24, 2009 @ 5:56 pm Reply
    12. 12

      It’s the tomato paste, Juli!

      Kay on Mar 24, 2009 @ 5:58 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Seen this recipe I’m, going to the super market right away to buy these ingredients and prepare for tonight’s meal.

      Celeste on Mar 24, 2009 @ 6:34 pm Reply
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      Thanks Kay! Yep, now that you say that, that sure what it is.
      Looks delish. I have everything at home to make this. Going to give it a shot tonight!

      Juli on Mar 24, 2009 @ 7:13 pm Reply
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      Recently discovered your blog & I love it!
      Will even be cooking this peachy chicken tonight… if mine looks only 50% of what I see on your pictures… I’m already happy :-)
      Thanks a lot for your inspiration!!

      Chantal on Mar 24, 2009 @ 8:41 pm Reply
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      I love using peaches or apricots with chicken (or sausage even) – but my recipe definitely needed tweaking, so I am loving this recipe. Made the braised chicken dish you posted at Ree’s and gotta say that will now be my signature dish, of course I’ll call it Kay’s Braised Chicken! ;-) The flavors and veggies were perfect, except I used chicken breasts and baked a wee bit too long – so they were a bit dry (totally my fault…) Your recipes are fabulous!

      elizabethk on Mar 25, 2009 @ 1:34 pm Reply
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      Hi Kay,

      I so love you right now.
      I’m on a diet, and i’m not allowed to eat a lot of things.
      But everything in this recipe (exc. for the rice) i’m allowed to eat.
      So guess wat i’ll be having for dinner tomorrow..??
      Ps i sooo love seeing Albert Heijn things come by.
      I always shop there so i know that i can get every item from your recipe.

      Thanx,

      Karin

      Karin on Mar 26, 2009 @ 9:59 am Reply
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      Yum! I’ve bought Peach Salsa before and it is so good served with chicken! I imagine it is very similar to this recipe, and I’d like to avoid the preservatives in the jarred salsa so this is great for me! Thanks!

      AF on Mar 28, 2009 @ 5:39 am Reply
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      That chicken looks really tasty!

      Kevin on Apr 8, 2009 @ 3:23 am Reply
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      This is getting bookmarked right now! Thanks :)

      Marta on Apr 14, 2009 @ 8:46 pm Reply
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      Hi Kay,

      One more recipe from here, one more delicious meal to eat! :)
      I’ve posted it in my blog today, with the respective link. :)
      It’s in portuguese, but you can have an automatic english translation here:
      http://translate.google.com/translate?client=tmpg&hl=pt&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnosoup-foryou.blogspot.com%2F&langpair=pt|en

      Thanks for all this wonderfull recipes and photos. :) :)

      Gasparzinha on May 19, 2009 @ 7:37 pm Reply
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      Kay,

      Thank you for such a great recipe! I prepared this tonight and my husband & I thoroughly enjoyed this dish!! I look forward to preparing more of your recipes, and my husband is excited for me to prepare some Dutch dishes. Have a great day!

      Kelly V. on Jun 17, 2009 @ 3:12 am Reply
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      I bookmarked this off tastespotting ages ago and have been meaning to try it. Last night the summer rain sent me to the store for a can of peaches, and it was pretty good! the colours are AMAZING and the smell is great too. Made it with 4 chicken breasts, one red and one orange pepper, 5oz can of tomato paste and the 28oz of peach. Was almost a little too tomato-ey, I might have been expecting something more along the lines of an asian sauce, which i think i’ll tweak it into tasting like next time with an extra chili. Thanks so much, I got an email from my boyfriend saying how great his leftovers were at work!

      Bernadette on Aug 6, 2009 @ 8:40 pm Reply
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      Mmmm, I made something like this tonight using your idea of peaches instead of pineapple. It’s soooo great! Thanks Kay!

      Lizzy on Nov 28, 2009 @ 9:06 pm Reply
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      Thanks so much for the recipe-an acquaintance of mine who had spent some time in the Netherlands tried to explain this dish to me a year or so ago. I’ve made it a few times and really enjoy it. I am really excited to finally have an “official” copy…until now I thought it was just our imagination!

      paul on Dec 17, 2009 @ 11:17 pm Reply

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