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Chicken with Cherry Mustard Sauce

Chicken with Cherry Mustard Sauce

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits to cook with. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating cherries fresh. I bake with them and make sweet treats like jam. But, cherries are so wonderful when combined with different proteins. I love to pair cherries with duck, pork and chicken.

 

I think cherries add a special touch when added to main dishes. I have used them in any number of sauces, glazes, chutneys and marinades over the years.

 

This time, I was looking for a way to dress up some chicken. I remembered that I had a pound of cherries in the fridge. I made the cherry mustard sauce while the chicken was baking. Here is what I did.

 

Chicken with Cherry Mustard Sauce

 

To prepare the chicken: I had about 3 lbs. of bone-in chicken pieces. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and placed them in a 400-degree oven. I knew the chicken would take about 45-50 minutes to cook. I made the sauce while the chicken was cooking- sauce recipe follows. When the sauce was done, I left it in the skillet while the chicken finished cooking.

When I took the chicken out of the oven, I removed the pieces from the roasting pan and placed them skin side down in the skillet with the cherry sauce. I turned the heat onto medium-high and turned the chicken a few times until both sides were coated from the cherry sauce and the sauce had sort of glazed the chicken.

This would be a nice sauce to finish off grilled or broiled chicken, too.

 

Cherry Mustard Sauce

 

3 T. oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. cherries, pitted and halved

½ c. apple cider vinegar

¼ c. brown sugar

3 T. Dijon mustard

1 t. celery seed

1 t. hot sauce, or to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

 

In large skillet, heat oil and cook onions until tender. Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more. Add the cherries and cook over medium- high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and turn heat down to medium. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Adjust seasonings. This sauce can be used to glaze meats, or served on the side. I used it with chicken, but it would be wonderful with duck, turkey or pork, too. Makes about 3 cups of cherry sauce.

 

 

 

Plum Glazed Wings

Plum Glazed Wings

Plum Glazed Wings

I love when local fruit is in season. I found myself with lovely red plums and I decided to use some of them to make a sauce for  chicken wings. I started by peeling the plums. You could leave the skins on, if you like, but I prefer them off. I put the plums in boiling water for a minute and then in cold water. The skins came right off. I removed the pits and pureed the plums- I ended up with a cup of fresh plum puree. From there it was a matter of creating the sauce. I minced an onion and cooked it in a little bacon fat- you could use butter or oil.  I added a couple of cloves of minced garlic once the  onions were tender. After that I added the plum puree, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, a couple of tablespoons of honey, a tablespoon of hot sauce and salt. I let it cook for about 10 minutes to thicken and gave it a taste. It was pretty good, but needed something more. I added some fresh grated ginger and let it cook a few more minutes. It was wonderful. I decided to smooth the sauce out in the blender but it would be fine to leave it be.

 

To cook the wings I just pan fried them. I cooked them in a skillet, covered for about 20 minutes, turning a couple of times. I poured the sauce over them and turned the heat down to medium. I let them cook, covered, another 10 or 15 minutes. Once I was sure the wings were cooked through I uncovered them and let the sauce cook down and thicken a little. It created a nice glaze on the wings. Easy and very tasty. I ended up pureeing more plums and tossed them in the freezer so I can make this sauce again when the weather is chilly and no fresh plums are around.

 

Curried Coconut Sauce

Curried Coconut Sauce

Curried Coconut Sauce

Since I had some leftover coconut milk from making peanut sauce the other day I wanted to use it in a sauce. I looked around my fridge and pantry to see what was available and came up with this sauce. I had some carrots and other veggies and added them to the mix along with some curry powder. I ended up having some of the sauce with roasted chicken. Very tasty.

 

 

Curried Coconut Sauce 

2 T. oil

1/2 c. chopped shallots

1 1/2 c. sliced carrots

1 c. chopped sweet pepper

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 qt. vegetable stock- or use whatever you have

1 1/2 c. coconut milk

2 tablespoons curry powder

salt to taste

Heat oil in a medium saucepan and saute the shallots until tender. Add the veggies and cook a few minutes more. Add the stock and cook on medium high heat until most of the liquid has cooked off. Add the coconut milk and curry powder and puree until smooth. Add salt, if needed.  Serve sauce with pasta, rice, meats or cooked veggies.

Chicken with Curried Coconut Sauce

Chicken with Curried Coconut Sauce

Peanut Dipping Sauce

Peanut Dipping Sauce

Peanut Dipping Sauce

I had a special request for this recipe. We were doing an Asian dinner for  Chinese New Year and needed an assortment of dipping sauces. This one is super easy and requires no cooking. I made a single batch but should of made more as it went fast. 

 Peanut Dipping Sauce

1/3 c. peanut butter

1/3 c. coconut milk

1/2 t. crushed red pepper

1-2 cloves garlic

1 t. fresh grated ginger

1 t. soy sauce

Dash hot red pepper sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

 Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Note: If you want to use this sauce on pasta thin it with 1/3 cup of vegetable stock.

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