The cranberry's jewel-like colour and piquant flavour make it not just a healthful addition to any dish but an attractive and tasty one as well. Frozen berries are available all year round, so you can enjoy them at any time.
2 skinless chicken breast fillets (about 250g each)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cornflour
½ cup (125ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
For the sauce
1 cup (100g) frozen cranberries
⅓ cup (80ml) apple juice concentrate
2 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp grated lime zest
¼ tsp chilli flakes
½ cup (125g) canned pineapple chunks in natural juice
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Lay the chicken breasts on a work surface and slice through the middle horizontally so you have four thin fillets (escalopes). Put the escalopes between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin until they are an even thickness.
To make the sauce, combine the cranberries, apple juice concentrate, brown sugar, lime zest and chilli flakes in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries are glossy. Stir in the pineapple.
Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Dust the chicken with the cornflour and cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a platter and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
Add the stock to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring. Remove from the heat, stir in the fruit mixture and spoon over the chicken.
For a gluten free option, use Gluten Free Cornflour.
Some more ideas…
*Use veal escalopes in place of the chicken. *For an orange flavour, substitute orange juice concentrate for the apple juice concentrate and orange zest for the lime zest. *If you're lucky enough to find fresh cranberries use them instead of frozen. *The fruit mixture can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated. Return to room temperature before proceeding.
*Adding fruit to main meals helps you to reach your goal of 4–5 servings of fruit a day, while adding personality and sweetness to otherwise routine flavours. *Cranberries, while not often thought of as a fruit to eat every day, are brimming with vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties, as well as heart-healthy fibre.