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Sweet and Sour Persimmon Glazed Chicken Thighs

Try out this sweet and sour persimmon glazed chicken thigh recipe from Katie Webster of Healthy Seasonal. These chicken thighs are finger-licking good! Asian-inspired and perfect for any healthy dinner meal, this recipe is a blend of natural ingredients, such as maple syrup, ginger root, and NAKANO® Natural Rice vinegar. Served with rice or vegetables, or both, this meal will become one of your all-time favorites!

Yield: 4 | Prep Time: 30 min | Cook Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 small ripe Fuyu persimmon, papery top removed, and cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, preferably dark
  • ¼ cup NAKANO® Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger root
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 3 pounds)
  • ½ tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. sliced scallion greens
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro for garnish

Directions

1. Combine persimmon, maple syrup, NAKANO® Natural Rice Vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer until the persimmon is soft, and the mixture is thickened, 7 to 9 minutes. Puree.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Coat the foil lightly with cooking spray.
3. Arrange chicken on the foil. Sprinkle with salt. Transfer to the oven and bake 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush persimmon glaze all over the tops and bottoms of the chicken pieces. Return to the oven and continue baking until the chicken is cooked through and the glaze is darkened, 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Serve sprinkled with scallions and cilantro.

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