It's plum season here on the East Coast, and today we're using this ripe fruit in a super-simple chutney. Stewed with red onions and half of a jalapeno, this tangy sauce has just enough bite to liven up a mild meal. We're serving it with sauteed chicken breasts, but a condiment that's this good goes well with just about anything -- so remember to save your leftovers (it would make a great turkey sandwich spread)!
Chicken with Plum Chutney
4 (6 to 8 ounces each) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno chile, (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired), chopped
4 red plums, (about 1 pound), halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add chicken and cook until opaque throughout, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
2. Make chutney: To skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, and jalapeno; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; add plums, sugar, vinegar, curry powder, ginger, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until plums are softened and liquid is slightly syrupy, about 8 minutes.
3. Add chicken and any juices that have accumulated on plate; simmer until heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chicken with chutney spooned on top.
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