Saturday, November 20, 2010

How to Make Easy Chicken Recipes with Fruit

By Christine Szalay-Kudra

There are lots of ingredients you can add to chicken dishes to make them more interesting. Common ones include onions, garlic, cilantro, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli and more. Nevertheless, what about fruit? Fruit is not just for desserts.

Adding fruit to your favorite recipe is more than adding a sweetness to a savory dish. This meat is versatile because of its mild flavor and it is just as nice with a simple, fragrant sauce as with a rich, bold one. Fruit is wonderful with chicken and you will love how they go together.

You can also combine fruit with other meats. Apple goes with pork, cranberry sauce is good with turkey, orange is good with duck and so on. Perhaps you have tried lemon chicken in a Chinese restaurant or had steak in plum sauce. Grilled banana with fish can be amazing too. There is no doubt that fruit can enhance a savory recipe but you need to take care with the type of fruit you use and how much you add. It is best to follow a good recipe.

Handy Tips for Fruity Chicken

You do not always have to cook the fruit with it either. You might want to make a fruit side dish to serve with the chicken. Perhaps a fruit and nut salad or a curried fruit and vegetable dish would be a good idea and introduce you to this special flavor pairing. The fruit does not have to be hot, cooked, or part of the sauce that goes over the meat.

How about making a chicken salad with walnuts, melon and feta cheese or a fruit salsa to go alongside your grilled or baked boneless cuts of meat? After sampling one of these flavorful concoctions, you will be certain that fruit with chicken is a wonderful idea.

Chicken with fruit makes an impressive dish but the great thing about these meals is that they are often really easy to make. Whether you want to make Chinese lemon chicken or a cranberry chicken recipe, meals like these are always popular.

You might like to use fruit to make a marinade. Fruits such as papaya, pineapple, figs, and kiwi work as tenderizers and break down tough parts of the bird.

Be careful not to cook fresh pineapple with meat or chicken, though, because the tenderizing enzymes work like crazy when they are heated and will turn your meat to mush as it cooks.

A lot of recipes for chicken and fruit will have a sour or bitter ingredient in them like ginger, vinegar or an acidic fruit. This is to stop the dish from being too sweet. An acidic flavor will balance out the savory and sweet flavors and make the meal one to remember for all the right reasons.

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