Sunday, January 20, 2019

Persimmon Chicken

Persimmon Chicken on bed of spinach
Sweet and Savory Persimmons

Recipe adapted from Persimmon Love

I thought I’d escaped the annual ritual of receiving persimmons from my friend Bill’s tree by being away for the holidays, but alas! I responded to his Christmas greeting early in the New Year, and he replied, “Persimmons?” Sure, I’ll take some. I froze the super-squishy Hachiyas, but had to find a use for the hard, super-ripe Fuyus right away. We’re off the usual persimmony sweet treats post-holiday, so I adapted an online chicken recipe by adding sour and salty components to the sweet persimmons for a perfect balance of flavors. A dash or two of cayenne completes the flavor spectrum.

Fuyu persimmons, though hard, will get soft and even squishy in time. Since it’s the end of their season, mine were semi-soft. So if you make this recipe early in the Fuyu season (November or early December), you might want to use the longer cooking times as noted in the recipe to soften the persimmons to your liking. 

Persimmon Chicken with side of Broccoli
Serve with Any Winter Green
Persimmon Chicken
serves ~8

1½ tbsp. coconut oil, divided
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion, diced, ~1¾ cup
1½ tbsp. fresh orange juice
2½ tbsp. white wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced, ~2 tsp.
2 tsp. peeled, grated ginger
4 – 5 fuyu persimmons, peeled and diced, ~2½ cups
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1-2 dashes cayenne pepper
½ cup chicken or veggie broth
½ tsp. salt or to taste

In a large skillet or electric frying pan, brown chicken thighs on both sides in 1 tbsp. coconut oil, over medium high heat (~350 degrees F.)  Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Add remaining ½ tbsp. coconut oil to skillet and turn down heat to medium. Sauté onions until soft over, adding more oil if needed, about 2 minutes.

Turn off heat and deglaze pan with fresh orange juice and vinegar. Turn heat back to medium, and add garlic and ginger. Stir constantly till fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add persimmons. Sauté till persimmons start to soften, 1 – 4 minutes (depending on ripeness).

Meanwhile, cut cooled chicken into strips.

Add chicken strips, orange zest, poultry seasoning, cayenne, and chicken broth to skillet. Cover and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes (depending on ripeness of persimmons and how chunky you like the sauce).

Stir in salt. Adjust seasonings if needed. Serve over rice or noodles, or a bed of steamed spinach.

Platter of browned chicken thighs
Start by Browning the Chickie
Onions, Garlic, and Ginger Sauteing
Then Saute the Savories
Persimmons and Savories Sauteing
Add the Star Ingredients: Persimmons!
Sauteed Persimmons with chicken strips, orange zest, and poultry seasoning
Add the Spices, Broth, and Browned Chickie
Persimmon and Chicken Simmering
Mix Together, Simmer, and Serve

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