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Chicken Breasts with Cherry Sauce Recipe

I look forward to having fresh Bing cherries every summer, and I freeze some so I can serve this simple, tasty dish all year-round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups pitted fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour and salt. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in butter on both sides. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, orange juice, onion, orange peel, ginger and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced and sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in cherries.
  • 3. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook over low heat for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  • 4. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings (2 cups sauce).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 266 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.