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As you are reading this Taylor and I are off gallivanting in the Italian countryside, eating our way through the country. So please forgive me if I don’t respond to your comments/emails right away, since we are indeed computer-less (and smartphone-less, email-less, and twitter-less – oh the horror!) But we’ll be back soon with a full report of our trip! In the meantime, enjoy!

You could call this recipe serendipity. I’m usually planning our menu and grocery list early Tuesday morning, flipping through food magazines, recipes I’ve bookmarked throughout the week, and simply googling based on what ingredients we already have on hand. Lucky me when this delicious recipe popped up in my reader at that very moment. I had no choice but to include it in our menu that week.

I wasn’t disappointed, either. It was almost like eating dessert. A sweet and sticky fruit salad with chicken.

Next time, I think some quickly braised bok choy would add a delightful bit of vegetation to the dish. Or as Lisa recommends, adding chopped onion would be nice addition to the already robust flavors.

Mango and Macadamia Chicken

Makes 2 servings. Recipe from Martin Yan via Authentic Suburban Gourmet.


2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce

3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½ inch cubes

1/3 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons rice wine
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

1 mango, peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts


To create the marinade, combine the cornstarch and soy sauce together in a bowl and stir well. Add the chicken and coat well with the marinade. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.

To make the sauce, add all of the ingredients together and stir well. Set aside.

Place a wok or stir fry pan on high heat until hot. Add the oil and swirl around. Add the chicken and stir until it is no longer pink in the center. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sauce along with the cornstarch with water. Continue to stir and the sauce will thicken. Add the mango and stir. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle the macadamia nuts on top. Serve immediately.

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