I am delighted to be guest posting again for Lisa since I know her readers are as passionate about real food as I am!
My full-time job is teaching cooking classes, both in-person and online. The focus of my recipes and techniques is on whole, minimally processed, mostly plant-based food. I strive to keep the ingredients as clean as possible, while still packing in lots of flavor and appealing to families.
A few years ago, I noticed my students were asking me more and more for “quick” recipes. Not just recipes that were quick to cook, but quick to prep as well, and that could be made at the last minute (for e.g. no marinating, no overnight soaking, etc.). Challenge accepted!
My second book, Quicker Than Quick, is a collection of my favorite cooking class recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. As a parent I found myself busier than ever before, especially in the hours before dinner time, and therefore, I needed a book like this too! One of my most popular main dish recipes is this Spicy Peach Skillet Chicken. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little tangy—my favorite combo! With peaches now in season, it’s a great way to make use of one of my favorite fruits, but I have made this recipe successfully many times with frozen peaches as well.
I am always looking for easy (and quick) ways to give a recipe a flavor boost. Here, the secret ingredient is no-sugar-added peach preserves which add an amazing concentrated peach flavor and help to thicken the sauce, too. You can also use apricot preserves. I know lots of parents with little ones are looking for ways to tone down the heat in spicy dishes. In this recipe, chili flakes can be omitted or cut in half. If you don’t have them, add a squirt of sriracha to taste.
My favorite way to serve this dish is with sides that can take advantage of the sauce. It’s delicious with sautéed corn or grits, cauliflower mashed potatoes, or rice pilaf. In the summer, green beans are the perfect veggie side or a simple salad or slaw. Fresh herbs always make a dish look pretty, but they also add an extra flavor boost. If you don’t have them, it’s not a deal-breaker, but mint and basil are my favorites here. I think after you make this recipe, you’ll see that you don’t need to spend all day in the kitchen creating something healthy and delicious!