Hawaiian ChickenPosted by in Food
We went to Hawaii in the summer of ’08 and it was one of the most magnificent trips ever. We loved it there. The scenery, the climate, the people, the beaches – and of course the food. I think I ate fish every single night and we had shave ice many times. One of my favorite Hawaiian flavors is passion fruit. I can’t seem to find passion fruit juice or extract around here, so I’m left to improvise with other Hawaiian favorites.
Recently, I was in the mood for something from the islands, but we had had fish a lot so it was time to shift gears. I had chicken breasts and mangoes. I made a quick dash to the store and bought some fresh pineapple too.
I dug out some of the recipes I have from Sam Choy and adapted his Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts with Tropical Fruits into a recipe I’m calling Hawaiian Chicken.
Marinate the chicken breasts in the following mixture:
1/2 cup tamari sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
I marinated mine for a couple of hours, but do it for at least half an hour. While that is marinating, cut up one mango and dice about a cup of fresh pineapple.
To cook, I melted a little butter in the pan, added the chicken breasts and about half the marinade and cooked over medium high heat. I let the marinade cook down a bit then covered it to cook the breasts all the way through. I did add some chicken broth (between 1/4 and 1/2 cup) as I went along when I felt the sauce was getting too dark or too thick. When they are close to done, add the fruit and 1/4 cup bottled sweet and sour sauce and salt and pepper. Cook until the fruit softens and the sauce is thick – about 3 minutes.
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This sounds really really good! We love the combination of pineapple and chicken here. I’ll have to try this.
This looks wonderful!
Sounds delicious! I went to Hawaii (Oahu and the Big Island) in February of 2008. Wonder if we were there around the same time?
Nope. We went in the summer. Those are the islands we visited though. Just heaven.
Wow, the ingredient list just made me drool. This one’s going into the “to make” file.
I may have to try this! Mangoes aren’t in season right now, but liliko‘i are. They are my absolute favorite.
Hi! I actually live in Oahu. A basic marinade that everyone uses here is: soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, green onion, and sesame oil. You can use that for anything, really. Add your fruits at the end. If you add a little rice vinegar and light oil to that, voila, asian salad dressing. Make this and consider yourself a local! Aloha!
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.