Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Carolina Low Country Bourbon and Peach Chicken

The Carolina Low Country is an area along the South Carolina coast that includes the South Carolina Sea Islands. This area is rich in agriculture and immersed in history and amazing architecture. The lowcountry is known for its beauty and culture and is an international travel destination. The cultural impact on cooking is mostly southern, influenced by African and Caribbean roots. The seafood found in this coastal region is great and plentiful and the marshlands produce rice. This recipe has neither seafood or rice but is steeped in southern influences and flavors. Developed from a classic Carolina Low Country recipe this has been adapted to be much lower in carbohydrates but still retain the integrity of the original dish. A wonderfully different bourbon spiked, fruited and spiced simple dish to make. I hope you enjoy.

Carolina Low Country Bourbon and Peach Chicken


1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 tsp. paprika
1 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into 1" wide strips
3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
2 Tbsp. bourbon
2 Tbsp. orange zest
2 Tbsp. sugar free orange marmalade
1 cup peaches, diced
1/3 tsp. nutmeg
salt and pepper

Preheat oven 400'

While the oven is heating melt the butter in a medium saute pan on medium low heat. Add the onions and saute about 3 or 4 minutes until they start to become translucent. Add the paprika and all but 1 tablespoon of the scallions. Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime arrange the chicken strips an a casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add the onion mixture, chicken stock, bourbon, orange zest and orange marmalade and blend together. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, occasionally basting the chicken with the sauce. Spoon the diced peaches over the top and sprinkle with nutmeg. Return to continue cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until the chicken is done. Garnish with the reserved scallion.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202.8
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 84.3 mg
Sodium 171.3 mg
Potassium 306.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
Sugars 3.3 g
Protein 29.1 g

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