The merits of combining chicken and pineapple
Why add pineapple to chicken? Why pair juicy chicken breasts with sweet and tangy pineapple? The answer is that they can actually really compliment each other. I know that there are some of you out there that do not believe in adding something sweet to a hearty meat dish and I would understand completely. Too many times I have ordered and eaten a dish that piled on on the sweetness with either honey, sugar or a fruit component. The end result was barely palatable.
For this recipe, I prefer to use only a little bit of pineapple. instead of overloading on the fruit, I judiciously add it to the recipe at just the right time. This lends the dish a perfect hint of sweetness and tartness that enhances the salty flavors of the soy sauce and chicken breast wonderfully. The end result are chunks of pineapple that turn salty-sweet from the soy sauce, cooking wine, garlic, and ginger sauce. Add a touch of sesame oil and combine it all with juicy chicken breasts and it is pure heaven.
To add to my joy, this chicken and pineapple dish is also an easy meal to prepare. First, combine all sauce ingredients in a large pan and get it bubbling on the stove. Then add some chicken breasts, pineapple and a dash of sesame oil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 20-30 min. Bam! Serve with steamed rice and you’ve got yourself a deliciously easy dinner!
The delicious pairing of salt and sweet
For me as a kid, nothing was as big of a bummer as being served Hawaiian pizza. This was a time in my life when I keep the sweet and savory completely separate. Ice cream in one bowl, potato chips in the other and never the two shall me!
When it came to adding fruit to meat, I abided by my father who always said, “Leave the fruit in the bowl”. So I did just that and painstakingly removed all pineapple from each pizza slice before sinking my teeth into what was remaining which was a sad carnage of a pizza slice besieged by pineapple craters and mutilated pieces of Canadian bacon chunks.
As an adult, I still don’t care much for Hawaiian pizza (Let’s face it, this is a divisive issue) but I have a better understanding of the concept. After all, pairing a little sweetness with something salty like bacon or ham can produce delicious results. So, for all you skeptics out there who do not like anything remotely sweet near their precious meat, I urge you to start experimenting with that flavor combination and to do it the best way possible, little by little.
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