This month's assigned ingredients were cherries and almonds. So many possibilities! Actually, the first thing that came to my mind when I heard "cherry almond" was that Jergens lotion that was cherry almond scented. :) Then when I was perusing my assigned Secret Recipe Club blog back in May, I came across a recipe for Cherry Almond Chicken. I thought about choosing it for SRC, but then I remembered that cherries and almonds were on the schedule for Improv, so I saved it for this. I didn't actually use the recipe I saw, but it was definitely my inspiration for what I came up with.
This is really a very simple dish. I grilled chicken breast cutlets, then brushed on a three-ingredient cherry glaze, then topped it with toasted sliced almonds. Makes a great meal served on a bed of brown rice with a green veggie on the side (I made Grilled Ginger Garlic Brussels Sprouts; recipe coming soon.)
Grilled Cherry Almond Chicken
6 chicken breast cutlets
½ cup cherry jam or preserves
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season chicken on both sides with a sprinkle of salt. When grill is preheated, place chicken on and grill until cooked through, flipping once.
Meanwhile, place jam or preserves, soy sauce, and ginger in a small saucepan. Cook on low heat just until jam has melted and is smooth. If there are large chunks of cherries, place mixture into a small food processor and process just until chunks are broken up.
When chicken is almost cooked through, brush each cutlet with cherry glaze. Remove from grill and top with toasted almonds.
Makes 6 servings.
I bought cherry preserves instead of jam and it had whole cherries in it. I thought that was a bit much, so I pulsed it in my mini chopper a few times. That worked out just fine. You probably wouldn't need to do that with jam. The soy sauce gives the cherry glaze the perfect amount of savory-ness.
You can easily adapt this recipe for colder weather by cooking the chicken in a pan on the stovetop instead of grilling. That's how I made my Savory Peach Chicken, which is similar to this but made with fresh peaches instead of the cherry jam.