Photo by Alexandra Grablewski
This dish transforms basic chicken breast into a fantastic meal with a teriyaki-like sauce chock-full of peaches that give it an absolutely delightful fruity infusion. It’s the next best thing to a magic wand when you need to get a crowd-pleasing supper on the table fast.
4 large ripe fresh peaches or one 16-ounce bag unsweetened frozen sliced peaches
4 pieces whole wheat sandwich bread (4 ounces)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
¾ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 cloves fresh garlic
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon honey
Four skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
If using fresh peaches, pit them and slice each one into 8 slices. Otherwise, thaw frozen peaches in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.
Place the bread in the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Place them in a large non-stick skillet over a medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until they are crisp and toasted, 3-4 minutes.
Combine the bread crumbs, sesame seeds, ½ teaspoon of the paprika, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Mince the garlic and place it in a small bowl along with the oil, vinegar, oregano, sugar, onion powder, and remaining ¼ teaspoon each paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine.
Spray a 9 x13baking dish with cooking spray. Dip the chicken in the vinaigrette then press it into the bread crumb mixture and place it in the baking dish. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumbs into the pan on and around the chicken, then drizzle the remaining vinaigrette on top to moisten the crumbs.
Distribute the peaches evenly across the top of the chicken and drizzle with any accumulated peach juices. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and begins to brown. About 20-35 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 piece chicken, ½ cup peaches plus ¼ cup additional crumb mixture
Calories 440; Total Fat 20 g; (Sat Fat 3 g, Mono Fat 11.9 g, Poly Fat 2.8 g); Protein 36 g; Carb 32 g; Fiber 5 g; Cholesterol 90 mg; Sodium 590 mg
Excellent Source of: fiber, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K,
Good Source of: copper, iron, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin A, zinc