Jul 122011

Caramel Chicken

Dark brown sugar makes me happy, how about you? Tonight I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes – Caramel Chicken. Really, caramel anything makes me happy.

I posted on my Facebook page [which you "Like", right?] that one of my friends offered up her green tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers before heading out for vacation this week – this dish makes for easy incorporation of fresh veggies… perfect!

You will need:

Cucumber, julienned
Red Onion, sliced
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Short grain rice [Sushi rice]

1 pound chicken breast, cubed [pork will work too!]
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green bell peppers
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can anchovy fillets, chopped/minced [I keep the juice for extra flavor]
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

Slaw Ingredients

Combine the cucumbers and onions into a mesh strainer on top of a bowl, refrigerate 20 minutes. Discard liquid, transfer cucumbers and onions into the bowl, add the brown sugar, salt and pepper and mix well. Refrigerate until dinner is ready.

Dinner Ingredients

Cook rice according to package details.

Sauté chicken over high heat, about 5 minutes.

Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, cook another 2 minutes on high heat, stir constantly [you don't want to burn the yummies!]

Cooking up the Caramel Chicken
Combine chicken broth, anchovy, ginger, dark brown sugar, red pepper and soy sauce in the pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer until the sauce has thickend to coat a spoon.

Serve caramel chicken on top of your cooked rice with your chilled slaw on the side. You get a nice sweet heat from the chicken and rice and a cool sweet refreshing burst of flavor for the cucumber and onion slaw. YUM! 

PS – I like to add rice vinegar and cilantro to the rice when plating… but, I consumed all of the cilantro in my sandwich at lunch… WHOOPS!

PPS – I realize you might be anchovy adverse, so just take them out! I think they add another dimension in the dish, rather than just sweet and heat.

PPPS – Everybody and their mama wants fried green tomatoes… I just don’t know. Do you have any ideas for green tomatoes?

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