Monday, July 13, 2009

cherry glazed chicken

For the chicken:
1 cup cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
1/4 of a large red onion, diced
1 12oz. lager beer (we used Stella)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (about 3 breast pieces)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste

For the salad we ate it with:
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped, rinsed and dried
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted and salted cashews

In a sauce pan over medium heat, saute the diced onion in olive oil until translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add cherries, and let cook another 5 minutes, until the onions just start to caramelize. Season with a little salt and pepper, and pour in the beer! (It's O.K. to take a sip for yourself too.) Now stir in the brown sugar, and turn to low heat and allow the liquid to reduce by 75%, stirring frequently. Now brush it on your chicken while your grilling it!

We ate this with a nice fresh salad, and really didn't find that we needed to make a dressing because the cherry glaze had so much flavor. If you feel differently, I would just do a simple lemon juice vinaigrette. Now chow down!

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