Peach Chicken

There is a fact, irrevocably decreed that a woman who loves fruit must always cook with it. I am that woman. I love my sweets and I love my sweets combined with my not so sweet. This sometimes gets me into trouble when I make food for people who do not agree with my mixing of sweet and nonsweet. It’s a tragedy.

It’s also a tragedy that my husband isn’t exactly in love with the whole sweet nonsweet thing. Poor guy has to live with this the rest of his life.

I loved this chicken when I made it like four years ago. Family came into town and I had made this recipe a few times before, it was easy but kind of impressive I thought so I made it for them. I was trying to impress them, I admit. I think that was the last time I had made it. Then, randomly, I woke up one morning around 4 am and thought to myself, Remember that peach chicken, it was really good. I should make it again. Am I the only one who wakes up at weird hours of the morning and think about food?

The fact is I did think about food and then I made it for dinner. My kids loved this recipe, gobbled it up and asked for seconds, *gasp*! Maybe, just maybe I woke up from a dream and was inspired to make this delicious peach chicken. It was destiny.

PEACH CHICKEN

3 chicken breast, sliced down the middle to make them thinner

1/2 cup flour (I used wheat)

salt and pepper to taste

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons honey (can substitute honey and molasses for 2 tablespoons brown sugar)

1/2 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 16 oz. can peach halves, drained

Coat chicken pieces with flour, salt and pepper; brown in oil. Place browned chicken in a greased 9×13 pan.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Combine orange juice with vinegar, honey, molasses, basil, and nutmeg. Pour over chicken. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. or until tender. Basting often. Once tender place peach halves between chicken pieces, baste well, and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.

Serve over rice using the sauce as a flavorful way to enjoy it.

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