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Adding a twist of flavor to a favorite recipe is one of my favorite things to do. When I started cooking, I learned the basic recipes from my mom. But soon, I started experimenting here and there, adding a few extra ingredients, or exchanging one for another, etc. It is fabulous when you can change the flavor of a dish and make it delicious in a whole new way.
Today I´m doing exactly that. Kikkoman challenged me, not just to re-invent a recipe using one of its delicious products, but to do it with 6 ingredients or less, and then prepare it in less than 60 minutes. I took my basic recipe for chicken Teriyaki and change it completely, using soy sauce instead and adding some tropical flavors, mango and pineapple, along with some spice. Here it is:
Tropical Chicken with Pineapple and Mango
Serves 4 on top of rice, or 2-3 as main dish
Time from start to finish 35 minutes
- 1/3 cup plus two tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, divided
- 1 serrano pepper, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 pound chicken cut into small strips (like fajitas in half)
- 3 medium thick fresh and peeled pineapple slices (you can use canned pineapple if you cannot find fresh)
- 1 Medium size round mango (we called Petacón in Spanish) or three small mangos
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
In a very medium size pot over medium-high heat, add 1/3 cup of Kikkoman Soy Sauce and the serrano pepper, allow it to warm up, about 1 minute, add the chicken y cover the pot. Take one and a half slices of pineapple and put them in a blender with one cup of water, blend until smooth. Add this juice to the pot. Chop the other one and a half pineapple slices in small pieces, and peel and chop the mango into small pieces as well, set them apart. When the soy-pineapple sauce with chicken starts boiling, lower the temperature a little, add the pineapple, mango and the 2 tablespoon of soy sauce, let them cook together for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked and juicy, don´t overcook as your chicken will get tough. While your chicken is cooking, roast the almonds in a pan, comal or oven. Add them to the pot, or sprinkle them on top of your dish before you serve it.
We love it on top of steamed rice.
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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kikkoman. As always my comments, opinions and love for cooking are my own.