Spicy Peach Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • Approximately 6 ounces each
    • Trimmed and pounded to even thickness if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • For cooking the chicken
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • To season the chicken breasts
  • 1 (15-ounce) can peach halves in syrup
    • Drain the peaches and reserve the syrup
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
    • For added peach flavor and sweetness
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
    • Provides acidity to balance the sweetness
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • Adds umami and depth of flavor
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • Adjust to taste for desired level of spiciness
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • Adds a zesty and aromatic touch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • Adds a rich, savory flavor
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • For thickening the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
    • To dissolve the cornstarch


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Cook the Chicken:
    • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
    • Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
    • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In the same skillet, add the reserved peach syrup, peach preserves, rice vinegar, soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, grated ginger, and minced garlic.
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the preserves have melted and the sauce is well combined.
  4. Thicken the Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth.
    • Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the skillet, stirring constantly.
    • Continue to simmer the sauce for about 2-3 minutes, or until it has thickened to your desired consistency.
  5. Add the Peaches:
    • Cut the drained peach halves into slices and add them to the skillet.
    • Stir gently to coat the peaches with the sauce and heat through.
  6. Combine Chicken and Sauce:
    • Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet.
    • Spoon the sauce and peach slices over the chicken, allowing it to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to meld the flavors together.
  7. Serve:
    • Transfer the chicken breasts to a serving platter.
    • Spoon the peach sauce over the top.
    • Garnish with fresh herbs if desired, such as chopped parsley or cilantro.
  8. Accompaniments:
    • Serve the Spicy Peach Chicken with steamed rice, quinoa, or a side of roasted vegetables to complement the sweet and spicy flavors of the dish.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Spicy Peach Chicken!

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