Monday, April 13, 2009

Chicken with Cape Cod Beach Plum Sauce


In February, I won a giveaway at Laurie's blog, That's Not What the Recipe Says . Included in Laurie's fabulous giveaway was a jar of her homemade Cape Cod Beach Plum Jelly. I had not heard of beach plums before, but let me tell you, Laurie's homemade jelly tastes amazing!


I honestly think we should plan a trip to Cape Cod and pick beach plums. Laurie can make jelly for us and we'll move in with her and live happily ever after.


We can make smoothies, pies, tarts...oh how I wish we had beach plums here!
This recipe will work with whatever cut of skinless chicken you have available. I just happened to have boneless, skinless chicken breasts on hand at the time. I cut them in half in order to have two thin pieces of chicken from one.
Also, you can use whatever kind of fruit spread you like. Orange marmalade or any kind of berry preserve or fruit spread will taste great!
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and sear 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
Add 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, when it melts add the 1 tablespoon of flour and cook a minute or two until the flour has cooked just a little. Whisk in 1/4 cup of sherry and reduce 30 seconds then whisk in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chicken stock. You want the sauce to be somewhat thick. You can use more stock or a little water to thin it out to your desired consistency. Now add 2 tablespoons of the fruit preserves/spread.
Season the gravy with a little black pepper. Serve chops with sauce ladled over top. Go crazy with the sauce, you have permission.



34 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Katherine that looks to die for and I think I'm going to have to give that one a try. You have the best recipes and I love a lil visit to Smoky Mountain Cafe :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

JodieMo said...

I love homemade jelly. My mom used to make it all the time. I'll have to give this chicken a try. It looks delicious!

Debbie said...

Katherine, that chicken looks fantastic. I want to definitely try this. I don't have beach plum sauce but will try another...what a great idea!!

Cheryl said...

I love this, I am always looking for new ways with chicken!

Sophie said...

haha! That chicken dish looks great!

Tiffany said...

That looks really good, and it sounds fun to try out different jams/jellies for different flavors.

Elra said...

Oh that is very nice gift for sure. It is so nice that you can also use it for something savory. It looks delicious, and the sauce look glisteningly good.
Cheers,
elra

Netts Nook said...

Oh Katherine your chicken look so moist and tasty I need to just get some of that jelly.

Pam said...

You lucky girl - the plum sauce sounds great. The chicken looks amazing too.

Marjie said...

Mixing in preserves with your chicken broth sounds like a great program! I have learned the joys of homemade peach jam and grape jam and it's a thing of wonder. I never heard of beach plums, but I've never been to Cape Cod, either.

Bridgett said...

Heavenly! I am always looking for new chicken recipes.

Mary said...

This sounds so good. Not only good but also easy to do. I like that combination.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I don't think I've ever had a beach plum but I'll second the motion of going to the Cape. My mom made homemade blackberry jelly when I was growing up.
Great idea for the chicken. I'm always looking for new ways to serve chicken.
Sam

TheWritersPorch said...

This blog is not for a "dumplin girl" who is fighting to lose 15 pounds! However it IS for one who loves good food! HA!
xoxo,
Carol

Beach Plums is new to me also!

The Blonde Duck said...

Huh! I would have never thought of chicken and preserves. That's a cool combo!

How did y'alls Easter go? Did you get your oven back?

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I love homemade jelly and jam. I've never had plum! I'll have to give it a try.

Beautiful dish, as always!

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

mmm, I love plums, but never would have thought to pair them with chicken!

gigi said...

I am to busy to make this dish. I'm packing my suitcase for Cape Cod. We'll go together, K??

teresa said...

Oooh, what a great idea! This looks like a wonderful way to make chicken!

Kathy said...

Wow, this sounds so good! My husband grew up in New Mexico before moving to Texas in High school, and they used to pick Sand Hill Plums. In all our 17 years of marriage - I've never gotten the change to try any Sand Hill plum jelly. His grandmother just got too old to go out into the dunes to pick the plums! I wonder if this tastes the same since they are both from sand? I'll have to try this recipe with another jelly though! Thanks for sharing!!!

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds so very very delicious. I love the sound of the chicken with jelly.Nice choice..

jennifer said...

I have never heard of beach plums either! How lucky!

I've made home made grape jelly before with my grandma growing up. She had concord grapes.

Your dish looks amazing!

Kristen said...

saying hi from sits!! I want to go to cape cod!

tamilyn said...

I have never heard of beach plums. We have sand and agates on our beaches here-no plums.

The chicken look so good. The grits on the other hand, not my cup of tea. I really think it's a southern thing. I'm sure they were delightful though :0)

melissa said...

What a great way to showcase the flavor. Nice chicken!

Chris said...

God that looks good! I like using cherry preserves in a mix for a glaze for spare ribs after smoking for 5-6 hours. Who said jelly, jams, and preserves are just for toast? ha ha

Claudia said...

That looks like the perfect antidote to my Easter bloat. Delicious! Iwould love to go to CapeCod - I would also love to go to the Smokey Mountain Cafe.

Selba said...

Wondering how beach plums look like :)

The chicken looks so delicious!

MaryBeth said...

Your jar is so cute...I love the sound of this wonderful dish. Keep on rockin out the awesome food Miss Katherine!!!

Lynda said...

I've not heard of beach plums either. Your chicken looks delicious with that sauce. I love the many uses of chicken!

burpandslurp said...

wow! loving the sweet and savory. you always have the best recipes!
I've never tried plum jelly before, and I don't think I've ever seen them in stores! you're a lucky woman to win it!

Greg C said...

I am sorry I can't eat anything with the words Cape Cod in it. That is where I started my past life and the scars are with me today. :(

Elyse said...

Mmm, this chicken sounds totally delicious. I've never heard of beach plums, but after hearing about how tasty they are, you have me totally wanting some!

Dazy said...

Chicken with cape cod beach plum sauce is a new one for me! Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the cold winter days
hopefully ahead!