Healthy Recipe: South Pacific Chicken

By Laura Brooks
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Get away from it all and channel the spirit of Bali Ha’i!  This healthy recipe from the American Sesame Growers Association uses ginger, soy and garlic to offset the tangy sweetness of apricots while nutrient-rich sesame seeds add a nutty crunch.  It’s a perfect dinner to serve on ‘some enchanted evening!’

Sesame seeds are a healthy eating food.  A very good source of manganese and copper, they are also provide calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. Moreover, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin, which have been shown to lower cholesterol.

1 whole chicken
1 teaspoon powdered mustard
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 TBLS sesame seeds
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz) apricot halves or peaches, sliced
1 TBLS fresh ginger, grated

Cut chicken into serving size pieces. Mix all remaining ingredients (except fruit) and pour over chicken. Broil 15 minutes, basting frequently. Drain fruit, leaving a little juice. Turn chicken pieces over, pour fruit on chicken and broil another 15 minutes, basting often.

Tip: Try serving with a side of quickly stir-fried red and green bell peppers garnished with shredded coconut for added presentation and taste.

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