Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, will be bringing us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week! This week, she made Sticky Jelly Jar Chicken and it looks great! I love the sweet story about the recipe that she shares as well.
Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts. Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe, includes many more recipes. My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative, healthy and fun approach to cooking!
Sticky Jelly Jar Chicken
There’s nothing like coming across a hidden treasure, especially when it’s more than 20 years later. And this hidden treasure came in the form of a recipe card.
Last year, we had some flooding in our garage, and were forced to finally go through some old storage bins. High School Year Books, old Captain’s Training Manuals, books on planting that perfect garden… that never got planted. And an old recipe album. You know, those now archaic storage devices from the 80’s that were popular after recipe card boxes and before computers.
And as I flipped though the now yellowed pages and plastic overlay that was peeling off at the corners, I came across a pocket in the back. I dug deep and out came a recipe card, and on it, it said “Chinese Plum Chicken,” from Nana.
My heart sank, yet I smiled at the same time. Sadly, remembering how much I missed my Grandmother who passed away many years ago. But at the same time feeling like I’d been given another gift. And remembering vividly that moment in time where we thumbed through her recipe box together.
And what was once Chinese Plum Chicken has now turned into Sticky Jelly Jar Chicken, mainly because it’s really hard to find plum jelly these days. But also, because it gives you a bit more freedom with the recipe… as you can pretty much use whatever combination of jelly that you have on hand. My favorites include strawberry, peach and apricot.
So, this week I was excited to see so many of these ingredients on sale, including the chicken breasts, onions and the jelly. And I also decided to add a side dish, thanks to the great sale of frozen vegetables, which added a nice healthy crunch to the mix.
Healthy, quick, and at just $1.93 per serving, this recipe will surely become treasured in your home too.
Sticky Jelly Jar Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. jelly (I used 1/3 c. peach and 2/3 c. apricot jam- get fruit only if you can)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
Zest of 1/2 lemon (use a micro plane if you can)
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. hot sauce (I use a few shakes of Tabasco... add more if you want more heat!)
2 tblsp. fresh cilantro, chopped (use parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in greased 9x9 baking dish. In a bowl combine rest of ingredients. Pour over chicken and bake for around 45 min. or until just cooked through. Set chicken aside on a plate. Then, if you'd like a thicker sauce, put in saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and let reduce for about 10 minutes. Then pour over chicken and serve.
Sugar Snap Peas:
1 package frozen sugar snap peas, defrosted
1/3 cup bean sprouts (optional)
2 Tblsp. olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper
Place a sauté pan over med-high heat and add oil. When hot cook the garlic for about a minute. Then add the peas and cook until tender for about 4 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over and salt and pepper to taste.
$1.93 per serving
*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.
To read where to find the best prices for these ingredients click the Just the Basics link above.