The other day while I was searching the internet for peach recipes
(our csa box has been packed with them)
I kept coming across peach and chicken.
Dishes called Polynesian chicken and Luau chicken over and over again,
although I'm not sure peaches make me think of the islands.
Then I came across this one and I knew it would be perfect for baby food.
This recipe has become one of my absolute favorites.
I doubled it because the boys are eating a ton and I'm just trying to keep up!
This dish smells incredible and it's worth making a grown up version of...
you know with salt and some crusty browning of the chicken.
Peach Chicken with Basil
1 chicken breast, cut into chunks (about 6 ounces)
2 peaches, skinned and cut into chunks (to skin, see this post)
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 or 4 carrots, about 1/2 lb, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup brown rice, ground to desired consistency
1 cup water
1 tbs fresh minced basil
Place your carrots in a steamer until finger mashable.... about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, sauté your onion in the evoo until translucent.
Add your peaches and chicken with the heat on medium and cover for about 5 minutes.
As the peaches cook they will release their juice, creating a nice simmering liquid for the chicken.
Stir occasionally until your chicken is cooked all the way thru.
Doesn't it smell amazing?
Puree your mixture to desired consistency.
I pureed it smooth and used the carrots to add texture.
Bring 1 cup water to a boil.
Sprinkle brown rice powder into the boiling water, whisking constantly.
Turn the heat down to simmer the mixture,
whisking until the liquid is absorbed and the grains cooked.
Mine took about 8 minutes.
Stir rice into the peach/ chicken mixture.
Now we're going to add the carrots and this is where you can really control your chunks.
You can make this completely smooth.
You can add your carrots and pulse to gently chop.
You can even mash the carrots and mix them in with a spoon.
When you are finished adding your carrots,
stir in the basil.
-Using just the peaches and chicken, this is a great way to introduce meat
-Try this with cilantro or mint
-Substitute turkey, pork or tofu
-Use mango, pear or other stone fruit instead of peaches
Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months
Make sure you warm thoroughly before serving.
Chicken is a great source of lean protein in addition to potassium, phosphorus, niacin,
calcium, iron, selenium and zinc.
Peaches have lots of vitamin C and K as well as potassium, calcium and fiber.
Carrots have loads of different kinds of carotenoids which work as antioxidants, convert to vitamin A,
boost the immune system and protect and enhance your eyes.
Brown rice still has it's bran layer which allows it to retain more fiber (4x more then white rice)
as well as nutrients like niacin vitamin B6, magnesium and manganese.
Onions are known as cancer-fighting foods as well as helping build strong bones and connective tissue because of both the sulfur compounds (that make them smelly) and the antioxidants.
Basil has been known to have anti-inflammatory effects, is a good source of vitamin A, magnesium, iron, calcium & potassium.
I marked this as 8-10 months simply because of the onion, but as with everything else, when to introduce this is for you to decide.