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Jalapeno Peach Chicken

Spicy and Sweet Delight: Jalapeno Peach Chicken Recipe

Introduction

Jalapeno Peach Chicken is a tantalizing dish that combines the sweetness of ripe peaches with the heat of jalapeno peppers, creating a flavor explosion in every bite. This recipe is perfect for those who crave a balance of spicy and sweet flavors in their meals. In just over half an hour, you can whip up this delectable dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.

Ingredients

Peaches:

  • 2 yellow peaches, pitted and sliced

Peach Glaze:

  • ½ cup (160 g) peach preserves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

Instructions

Peach Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the peach glaze. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside.

Chicken:

  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the kosher salt, black pepper, and chili powder.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture onto both sides of the chicken thighs.
  4. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
  6. In the same skillet, increase the heat to medium and add the sliced jalapeno peppers. Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the sliced peaches to the skillet with the jalapenos and cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until the peaches have softened.
  8. Pour the peach glaze into the skillet with the peaches and jalapenos. Stir to coat the ingredients evenly.
  9. Return the cooked chicken thighs to the skillet and spoon the glaze over the top. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the chicken is heated through.
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Tips:

  • For a spicier kick, leave the seeds in the jalapeno peppers. If you prefer less heat, remove the seeds before slicing.
  • Make sure to pat the chicken thighs dry before seasoning them. This will help achieve a crispy exterior when pan-frying.
  • If fresh peaches are not in season, you can use frozen peaches instead. Just thaw them before cooking.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 412 kcal per serving

FAQs:

  1. Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?
    Yes, you can substitute chicken breasts for thighs in this recipe. However, keep in mind that chicken breasts tend to cook faster, so adjust the cooking time accordingly to avoid overcooking.
  2. Can I make the peach glaze ahead of time?
    Absolutely! The peach glaze can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just reheat it gently before using it in the recipe.
  3. Can I make this dish less spicy?
    If you prefer a milder version of Jalapeno Peach Chicken, you can reduce the amount of jalapeno peppers used or omit the red pepper flakes entirely. Adjust the spice level to suit your taste preferences.

By following this recipe, you’ll create a dish that’s bursting with flavor and sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy the delightful combination of sweet peaches and fiery jalapenos in every bite of this Jalapeno Peach Chicken!