Chicken with peaches - do you use fruit in your main dishes?

@whittby (3073)
United States
March 3, 2008 10:45pm CST
I just copied down a recipe for chicken with fresh peach halves baked with it. I've never added fruit to meat dishes. In fact, I only use fruit in desserts and salads. Do you use any kind of fruit with meat like this recipe, or in casseroles? I'd love some ideas.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
We have some dishes where we use banana as an ingredient... i think it is called "Puchero"... it is like pork stew... but i love using pineapple in some of the few dishes that i can cook... like i use it when cooking ham... or to give fried rice a distinct taste... i put some crushed pineapple in it... There is also a Filipino dish where we use guava... and it is called "Bulanglang"... it taste great... but i don't know how to cook it...
@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I forgot about pineapple and ham. I looked up Bulanglang - says a very healthy popular dish. Looks not too hard to make, have the recipe stashed away now..
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
Yes, bulanglang is quite tasty... but for those who will eat it for the first time... beware of the smell... it will grow on you after a while... just remember to use over ripe guavas...
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• United States
19 Mar 08
yes, pineapple on ham, plus brown sugar and some (vernors) ginger ale is very good. but pineapple on pizza is good too with bacon,ham, sausage..meats and this cuts the grease.. my Philippine still eats rice but she is using more and more brown rice as her Filipina Doctor in the US told her to cut down on the rice consumption. We have complied and since I am German American we eat a lot of potatoes..all kinds..yukon gold, and other varieties but of course the potatoe is the staple in the US diets..so many french fries and so little time..lol its all good
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
i use pineapple, in a chicken recipe but thats all. for me fruits are more appreciated by my children when you eat it fresh not cooked with the main dish. i tried to put pineapple once with beef but my children didnt find it good. or maybe it was not really good lol.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I'm experimenting more now than I did when the kids were little. I sure like all these recipes, but you never know with the little ones.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
my children are in their teens already everyone of them knows how to cook and still they dont like recipes with fruits. maybe because the real taste of the fruits disappears while cooking. although i myself like recipes with fruits it adds a little kick to a certain recipe.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Normally I do not, but I have a few times. I made pork chops with sweet potatoes and apples once. Another time I made pork chops with cranberries. Pineapple is good in sweet and sour chicken or pork. That is about the extent of my experience with fruit and the main dish.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
My husband buys the sweet and sour pork and I usually get the pineapples! You know, when you know what to look for you can find these recipes - I found a pork with cranberries recipe, says serve with sweet potatoes - looks good.
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@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I make boneless chicken with peaches. My recipe is by memory and I made it smaller. The original was 8 pieces of chicken to much for two people. Here is my version. I make it with 4 pieces of skinless boneless chicken, then add 2 peaches that are peeled pit removed and sliced. I sprinkle on ginger, ground cloves and lemon juice put in a preheated oven. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes. Its a great healthy meal and easy to serve. I like to serve fruit and try to serve some at every meal.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
That's what I want - more fruit in the meals since snacking on it doesn't happen like it should. The recipe I had just used the cinnamon and was okay, but needed something more - the ginger etc would add flavor and like they say on tv "interest".
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Pork with apricots or apples is very good too. It's also good in stuffing as well. I also use pineapple with pork and fried rice. I can't think of any casseroles that I have used fruit in.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Yeah, casseroles might be tricky. Someone else mentioned pineapple in the rice - sounds good. now apricots are one of those fruits I don't know what to do with..could look up a pork recipe maybe.
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
4 Mar 08
Hi whittby, You may not have considered it so, but you're probably already using fruit extensively in your cooking. Pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, capsicums, peppers, eggplant, and so on - they're all fruits, even though our traditional mindset pigeon-holes them into the "vegetable" category because that's generally how we use them. Anyway, one category of fruit that I don't think you can go wrong with if you want to experiment with cooked meat dishes is dried fruits like raisins, sultanas and currants. They invariably add flavor to the dish that they're included in, as well as complement it. They absorb fluids and so take on flavors from the other stuff in the recipe. It certainly adds a bit of color to one's culinary creations. Sliced apples also add some variety to many cooked dishes, and might be worth a try, although I'd suggest that moist dishes would be best to avoid the apple drying out or charring. I hope you have fun experimenting!
@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
So a capsicum is a pepper according to what I looked up, but also a fruit? You're right, I do use most of the above at some point. I'm learning here with the names - sultana - white grape or white raisin? Adding more of this stuff to that grocery list that got started with this discussion! The worst they can do is pick out some of this stuff while I enjoy eating it.
@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
6 Mar 08
Hi again, When you finish accumulating all the ideas that people are throwing at you here, you could publish your own compendium of recipes in an online eBook! (It might need some photos though).
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Oh, keep these ideas coming! Sounds like something I could do!
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I made chicken salad and didn't have any grapes that I love in it. I had some tangerines, so I cut it up and put it in there. I really liked the tangerines in the chicken salad.
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• Canada
4 Mar 08
That sounds good. Chicken salad is good with some crushed pineapple, and slivered almonds too, and it makes a nice sandwich.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
4 Mar 08
The pineapple and slivered almonds sounds good too! I will have to try it out the next time I make some chicken salad, which I'm wanting some now!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
This discussion is making me want to get to the grocery store for some of this stuff - good ideas.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I like grilled chicken and pineapple...very good. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Do you grill the pineapple as well - like in slices?
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Sometimes I do...other times I don't. Try it each way and see how you like it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Mar 08
the only thing ever used is Pineapple on Hams pretty good but I havent added any fruit to anything else might be something to try for a change a pace thanks for the idea
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I'm getting bored with cooking and need a change of pace too I think, and also for this healthier eating idea I'm trying to force around here.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I know what ya mean trying to eat better I beleive I am going to tell them to get more fruit and veggies for snacks
@alamode (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I put LOTS of pineapple in my sweet and sour meatballs, and I love putting apples on my pork roasts... the flavor is amazing! I think many people have been trained to think of fruit as something separate from the main part of the meal.. thats too bad, because fruit can be savory as well as sweet. Plums are also good with meat, and (surprisingly) raisins and grapes.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
My old sweet and sour meatball recipe had grape jelly and chili sauce - ever heard of that one? Haven't made it in 15 years at least though. Kind of like the pineapple instead. I'm thinking about the plums and grapes. Found a dried plum stuffed roast, plum sauce on roast so far.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Yeah, a friend of my Mom's used to make them that way... I want to look into this more... I'm changing the way we eat, and having fruit instead of starchy vegetables with meat makes a lot of sense to me... anywhere I can cut a carb is a good thing!
• United States
4 Mar 08
I have never cooked a main dish that included fruit. Me personally think fruit is meant for snacks and desserts. But I guess if done right it can be good other ways too.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
4 Mar 08
That's what I'm looking for - more ways to incorporate fruit into our meals - finding good recipes hopefully...
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@ElicBxn (60883)
• United States
4 Mar 08
My mother used to make a dish that had raisins in it. Finding it... well, probably not happening. I've had a pork dish that had apples in it. Not my favorite, but tasty. My mother often served pork chops with apple sauce on the side.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Pork roast isn't a favorite around here, but I'm thinking instead of gravy with the fruit, it may go over well. Pork and apples seem to be a popular combination.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
I like cranberry sauce and all kinds of cranberry juices with my meals. Cranberry is good for a lot of health problems like bladder infection and kidney problems. Any urinary problems. Cranberries with turkey dinner is a MUST on any holiday.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Well, that's interesting including cranberries and juice for health reasons and makes sense. I used to use cranberries exclusively at Thanksgiving and just bought dried cranberries this week actually for salad. Never thought of cooking with them tho.
• United States
20 Mar 08
so did i until i got a kidney stones and bladder infections..now cranbareies can be used in many salads and in beverages...its just not for Thanksgiving..its can be used year around
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
I do cook my ham with pineapples on top of it. It gives my ham a sweet taste and takes out some of the salt, as I find ham is too salty. Some people have pineapple on their pizza but I don't like it that way. I have put lemon on my chicken and on my fish, when cooking, as well as after cooking. I have never heard of putting peaches on my chicken, but since you say it is good I may give it a try. I use apple sauce with my pork, but I don't put any on when I am cooking it, just after while eating it.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
18 Mar 08
With Easter on the way, I should get some pineapple for ham - even if I only do a slice or two. I did fish last night and with the lemons sitting in the fridge, should have put a slice on the fish if only you had responded yesterday haha. I'll definitely use them on the chicken. whit
• United States
12 Mar 08
I have actually had both lemon and orange chicken dishes. I also have had blackened chicken with a hint of lime in it. Also, last summer I had experimented with some peach-pineapple salsa, mainly because I intiutively thought it would taste better on chicken than on my tortilla chips. And I was right. I marinated the chicken for 24 hours in the peach-pineapple salsa and then I broiled it with a little mesquite and other barbeque seasonings on it. It was good.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I was looking at a mango salsa yesterday at the store initially thinking about fish with it. I haven't seen peach pineapple in the stores yet. We have a wonderful big whole foods store that has tons of this stuff, would be worth a trip to pick up just a few things like that.
@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
5 Mar 08
your right most of fruit will be use in salad & dessert but never try this new recipe, that with fruit i think it will be yummy hmmmmmm, i think i will forget again my diet.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
6 Mar 08
You and I would be wise to stay out of the Cooking interest here if we wanted to stay on a diet. These foods sound way too good.
• United States
5 Mar 08
Unfortunately I have had to eat apricot chicken like almost every week of my life, till I went to college. I'm so sick of it I can't stand it at all. I don't think it's really all that bad, and definitely not uncommon, but so tiresome after a while. Apples are often used with meat, but not beef to my knowledge. Usually you would use apples with port I think. Seafood is often combined with fruit salsas, that's usually a mix of tropical fruits that have been chopped very finely, like other salsas. Orange chicken is also pretty popular, cranberry chicken is amazing. It's really simple too. Put chicken in crock pot, dump 1 can of cranberry sauce on it and one bottle of Catalina dressing (no joke, it really is good) turn on and come back in 6hrs. Fastest most amazing chicken ever, almost.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I know the feeling about having had certain foods growing up. Mine was tuna noodle casserole - can't look at it, or even smell it. My son was kidding me yesterday about dumping Catalina dressing over something in the crockpot awhile back, but never combined it.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
4 Mar 08
Hi whittby, This discussion is really making me hungry. I'll have to try some of these things, when we come back from March Break. My sister serves pork chops with apple sauce, and I've just been reminded of a cranberry pork chop recipe she used to make. It's delicious, and since we're spending March Break together, maybe I'll ask her about it. I've had chicken with apple juice over it too, and it's very good. I've been inspired to be more creative in my cooking here. Thanks.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I have a bag of dried cranberries in the cupboard right now I've been putting on salads -didn't think about adding them elsewhere til now. I can't imagine the chicken with the apple juice but would give it a try anyway.
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I usually cook fruit with pork - ham, pork loin, pork roast. Or, if I don't have fruit I might use jam. I like the sweet taste of the pork and fruit cooked together.