Mango-Basil Chicken with Freekeh


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Succulent chicken is cloaked in a sweet and savory mango-basil sauce and served with freekeh. Let me paint the picture. The chicken breast is pan-seared to seal in its juices and then baked in the oven at a high temperature, leaving it extremely moist. Fresh mango is simmered in dry white wine and chicken broth, which elevates the fruit to a new level. Freekeh is an ancient cracked roasted green wheat that is light with a nutty fragrance. Combine all of these ingredients to make a harmonious and healthy meal. It’s time to serve up something fun and unique for dinner!

Ingredients

Freekeh

  • 1  1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freekeh
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mango Sauce

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 whole mango, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup basil, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  •  salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Serves 2

Preparation

  1.  Preheat oven to 415 degrees
  2. Add Freekeh ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for 18 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Pat the chicken breasts dry. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to the flour on a flat plate. Lightly coat each side of the chicken with seasoned flour, shake off excess flour. Heat a skillet with olive oil and pan-sear the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side until golden. It does not need to be cooked in the middle. Then transfer the chicken to a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness. Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  4. While the chicken bakes, pour the Mango Sauce ingredients into the chicken skillet and deglaze the pan. Let simmer on medium for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Plate: Put freekeh on the plate, then top with sliced chicken. Pour on Mango Sauce and garnish with Basil.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES My husband and I enjoyed this meal very much! We have never tried freekeh and are now believers. The meal came together quickly because each item could be prepped while the other was cooking. It was fresh with juicy chicken and mango. The wine sauce was light and smooth. This was perfect for a warm summer night’s meal.

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Author: A Common Connoisseur

My name is Maria! I'm a vibrant Italian American with a zest for life. I am also a major glutton. Join me on my journey to diverse restaurants and in my kitchen, as I eat and cook my way through flavory fare. I am no expert, which is why I am merely a Common Connoisseur.

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