When you think of guava, you probably would not think of its pink, fleshy fruit as being the most popular amongst the fruit bowl. Most would have its sweet nectar made into simple juices or can be mixed in with summertime cocktails. Just having these two simple pleasures can put you in a blissful, tropical mindset, imagining the call of seagulls and the sounds of the ocean waves crashing.

Eating guava in its natural form has its health benefits and is considered a “superfood”. For instance, it can regulate blood pressure and is helpful to those who are diabetic by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the blood. Guavas are also a good source of vitamin C, containing four times as much as oranges. If you are looking to have better skin, the fruit has vitamin E to nourish the skin and the lycopene protects the skin from damage by UV rays. The juice from the guava leaves can be for medicinal use for relief of a cold and cough.

From all the benefits that a single fruit like the guava can offer, why wouldn’t anyone want to have this in their daily diet? Guava may be delicious in its natural state, but it can taste absolutely wonderful in a variety of dishes, such as this guava glazed chicken recipe using fresh guava.

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Pan Fried Guava Glazed Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup fresh seedless guava, julienned (2 guavas)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Season flour with salt and pepper and lightly coat the chicken breasts.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Fry the chicken breasts in a pan until they are golden brown on both sides.
  4. When the chicken is nearly cooked, drain the oil from the pan and deglaze pan with Triple Sec while the chicken is still in the pan. The sugars in the Triple Sec will thicken and glaze the chicken.
  5. Turn down heat and add minced garlic, ginger and guava.
  6. Move the chicken breasts to the side of the pan, and cream in the butter.
  7. Remove chicken breasts onto a plate and pour guava butter sauce over each breast.
  8. Garnish with slices of guava.

Tips on using guava:

Allow mature guava to ripen on the kitchen counter. The scent from the guava will fill your kitchen, sounding off that it’s time to be eaten.

Ripe guava should be eaten within a day or two, but can last much longer if placed in the fridge or freezer in a plastic bag or container.

Recipe adapted via Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida

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