Quick and Easy Fruity Baked Chicken

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On more nights than I care to admit the boyfriend and I realize we are starving and we haven’t decided what we’re having for dinner. We used to rely on the McDonalds drive thru or a trip out to get pizza on nights like this but I really need to make more of an effort to make more meals at home. Fast food is fine occasionally but I don’t want Babygirl to think it’s OK to eat whenever you’re busy.  I found this recipe in Grandma’s magical yellow recipe box that said it only took 25 mins. I don’t usually have canned fruit on hand but for some reason we did, and although we always have a box of frozen chicken breasts we actually had a few fresh pieces in the fridge so that shaved off any extra defrosting time.

This was by no means a gourmet dish, but it only took about 5 minutes to put together and another 20 or so minutes to bake, so I will keep this handy for busy nights when we need a tasty fairly healthy meal fast.

I did make some modifications you may want to keep in mind if this is a recipe you would like to try:

I had to triple the basting sauce because I used 3 full size thick chicken breasts and when I made the amount called for in the recipe it wasn’t enough. I also added a small bit of the juice from each of the cans when I added the fruit even though it says to drain. I cut the chicken up into about 2 inch pieces so I could be sure it would cook through faster. For the lemon juice I squeezed a fresh lemon half but I’m sure using the bottled real-lemon juice most people seem to have is fine. I also used the low sodium soy sauce, which by the way is still pretty darn loaded with sodium!

 

1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp soy sauce

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp pepper

1 can (8 oz) water packed sliced peaches, drained

1 can (8 oz) water packed pear halves, drained and halved

 

 

Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, ginger and pepper. Pour over chicken in shallow baking dish.

Bake in preheated 350 F oven 15 mins. Arrange fruit around chicken, baste with pan liquid. Bake 10-15 more minutes.

 

Just in case you are wondering what the dark purple side dish is in the picture it’s Thai rice which made a great nutty flavored side dish. I just followed the directions on the package and it cooked up in about the same amount of time as the chicken.

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