Cherry Chicken Flambe

  • Yield: 8 servings


4whole chicken breasts, boned and split
-- Salt
-- Pepper
1-- (15-ounce) can sliced pineapple
1/3cup ground cooked ham
2tablespoons minced onion
1tablespoon margarine
3/4cup fresh breadcrumbs
3tablespoons margarine
3/4cup chicken broth
1tablespoon soy sauce
1/2teaspoon ground ginger
2tablespoons cornstarch
1cup (17-ounces) pitted, dark sweet cherries
1/3cup brandy


  1. Pound each piece of chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice.  Dice one slice of pineapple.
  3. Saute diced pineapple, ham, and onion in 1 tablespoon of margarine until onion is tender.  Add crumbs and mix well.
  4. Place one tablespoon ham mixture on each piece of chicken.  Fold over and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Brown chicken in 3 tablespoons margarine.  Add reserved pineapple juice, 1/2 cup broth, soy sauce, and ginger.  Cover and simmer 30 minutes.  Remove to serving dish.
  6. Add cornstarch, dissolved in remaining 1/4 cup broth, to pan juices.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and translucent.
  7. Add pineapple and cherries.  Heat thoroughly and pour over chicken.
  8. Warm brandy just before serving.  Pour over chicken and ignite.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Owensboro’s To Market, To Market, Home Again, Home Again (Owensboro, Kentucky, 1984).