Question: What do you get when you combine chicken, bananas, peanuts, whipping cream, chili sauce and bacon?
Answer: It’s what Oli served for dinner the other night and it’s a Swedish classic.
That’s right. A Swedish classic right out of the 1970’s. Back then it was all the rage and appeared on restaurant menus throughout Sweden. Today you’ll find Flygande Jakob or Flying Jacob as it is called, still offered in luncheonettes, and in restaurants that serve traditional Swedish food.
The story goes that Ove Jakobssen, an air freight worker, concocted this casserole and his recipe reached epic Swedish fame when it was published in a food magazine called Allt om Mat. (Get the connection here? Ove Jakobssen – air freight worker – Flying Jacob?)
Anyway, this strangely unique dish is pretty darn tasty! Layers of cooked chicken, sweet bananas, crunchy peanuts, slathered in a creamy, slightly tangy chili sauce, finished off with smoky bacon crumbles (everyone knows bacon makes anything taste better). . . The only thing missing for Oli was something to add a clean freshness. That’s where the pineapple comes in. This touch of the tropics lends a sweet, slight citrus sharpness that simply brings the whole dish together.
It’s traditional to serve this with a salad and rice. Saffron scented rice makes a great co-pilot for Flygande Jakob.
What can I say? This is really delicious! Be adventurous. Give it a try. Maybe use up some leftover turkey?
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Speaking of turkey. . . we want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re looking for something different to serve this year check our very first blog post: Turducken for Thanksgiving. There’s another early post that you might like as well: Cranberry Persimmon sauce.
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And now without further ado we give you. . .
2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
4 bananas, peeled, split lengthwise and cut into thirds.
1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup Heinz Chili Sauce
2 cups whipping cream
4 ounces bacon, cut into small piece
Preheat oven to 375F
1. Poach the chicken. Bring a large soup pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add chicken and bring back to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. When cool enough to handle cut into 1/2-inch slices.
2. Grease an ovenproof dish with butter. Cover bottom with bananas then top with chicken.
4. Pour chili sauce and whipping cream into bowl of stand mixer. Whip until thickened and soft peaks form. Alternately you can use hand mixer.
Bake at 375F for 40 minutes.
In the meantime fry up the bacon, boil up some rice and make a salad.
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