Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is fast & fabulous! Created for RSC Lucky 13. If you can do portion control, this is 4-6 servings BUT it is so good that my family of 4 devoured the whole thing & wanted more. An example of a good recipe for firm polenta is Firm Polenta. Enjoy!
- 6 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 cups onions, peeled halved, & sliced thinly, approx. 2 large
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 4 cups firm prepared polenta (or 2 packages of polenta from the store.)
- Cool prepared polenta in a 9x13-inch baking dish & cut into 8 2-inch squares. Or slice store bought polenta into 1/2" slices.
- Combine cubed chicken, soy sauce, honey, cinnamon & ancho chili powder. Let marinate while you work on other steps.
- In heavy skillet, heat 2TB oil. Cook onions over medium low heat until dark brown. Season with salt & pepper.
- In another large pan, heat 1/4c oil over medium high heat until hot. Add as many polenta squares/slices as will fit comfortably. Cover to avoid splatter & let cook, checking after 5 minutes, until well browned & crispy. Turn over & repeat. Continue until all polenta is fried. Add more oil if necessary.
- When the onions are caramelized, add the marinating chicken along with the marinade. Cook on high heat until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Taste for seasoning; add salt & pepper if necessary.
- Serve chicken over fried polenta.
I love fusion recipes like these! The dish was great- I especially loved the sauce which was well-flavored and unique. It reminded me of curry, mole sauce, and Asian sauces all at the same time. The fried polenta was a nice change of pace from the usual brown rice or quinoa that I would normally use.
I hope you'll forgive me, I made the chicken to go over couscous, it's an excellent recipe which we loved, and my younger daughter said KEEP this recipe mum! and coming from her, that is HIGH praise indeed! Easy to marinate the chicken while doing the other prep, as you say, it all comes together very efficiently. Iif anything I was a trifle generous with the cinnamon as I only had a little bit left, ironically, this was what my daughter liked best! I did slice about 100 gr mushrooms and toss them in towards the end of the chickens cooking time, mostly because I had them and everyone likes them (except me), this was also well-received. Garnished with spring onions, this was a very good meal, definitely on the rotation! (And I will have a go at the polenta next time!) Made for Alphabet tag game.
This was a wonderfully easy and different dinner. I love the caramelized onions in the sauce and the flavor that it imparts to the chicken. Even frying in oil, my packaged polenta did not get a really nice crisp on it, but the whole dish was still lovely!