* LOW CARB – if diet allows fruit


Pan-Grilled CHICKEN TENDERS w/ Fresh PINEAPPLE

Table of Contents: CHICKEN

 

1 fresh, ripe pineapple

1 to 2 T. extra virgin olive oil

4 large chicken breasts

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup orange juice

 

 

Cut the pineapple into chunks after removing the outside shell and the tough center core.  Discard the core, but keep the shells.

 

Lengthwise, cut the chicken breasts into chicken tenders (long, wide strips); then salt and pepper all sides.  On high heat using a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil to hot, but not smoking.  Place the strips in one layer into the hot skillet; then reduce heat to medium-high and cook until browned.  Turn tenders to brown on the other side; then reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover the skillet with a lid and cook until chicken is just done.  Do not overcook.

 

Cut the chicken tenders into thirds and return to the skillet along with the orange juice.  Using a grapefruit spoon or other spoon, scrape the inside of the pineapple shells into the skillet to get additional pineapple juice and some of the pulp from the shells.  Simmer and stir the ingredients, uncovered, for about 1 to 2 minutes to coat all ingredients with the juices and pulp.  Add the pineapple chunks and continue to toss and blend.  Serve hot.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

 

Paraphrased from an article on the history of pineapples from the University of Central Florida at the Rosen college of Hospitality Management:

The pineapple is considered the Princess of Fruits.  It probably originated on the South American coast near Brazil and Paraguay; then was later grown in Central America and the Caribbean Islands.  Christopher Columbus learned about pineapples on his second voyage in 1493 when he stopped at the island of Guadeloupe.  He thought the pineapple resembled a pinecone and called it “pina”.

He, of course, took some of these exotic fruits back to Spain introducing them to Europe.

In early North America because pineapples were so rare, they became the symbol hospitality.  A host would have to go to great lengths and expense to provide guests with pineapples since they had to be brought on long, perilous voyages from the Caribbean Islands.  It is said that some New England sea captains would place a pineapple outside their home to signify a safe voyage.  This practice eventually led to pineapple motifs being used on furniture and being woven into fabrics used in making tablecloths and napkins for entertaining one’s guests, thereby signifying their hospitality.

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