There are times when I look in my fridge & cupboards I think to myself, WHY don’t I just succumb to the call of Taco Bell’s value menu or something equally cheap & bad for me? It truly would be a lot easier than trying to think of what to make out of some canned goods and frozen fruit. However, it’s not a very satisfying meal that one gets from fast food places serving tons of empty calories. And with fruit showing up all over the place in savory dishes, as well as the added good fortune of having a perfect blend of savory ingredients and the proper fruit, I knew I could save myself the money and potentially clogged arteries by getting super creative.
I want to apologize once again for the lack of a decent picture to go w/this recipe (not anymore! The picture’s finally here!). Once it’s finished the colors are truly gorgeous and you can almost taste the explosion of flavors just by looking at a bowl of this stew. This is probably the most exotic & creative I’ve gotten w/a couple of cans of beans, but as I’ve said before a little imagination and a well-stocked spice pantry goes a long way when you’re on a limited budget. A couple of things to note: I had frozen mango on hand (I like to use it in smoothies) but if you have an actual fresh mango or two, by all means, use it! I also tend to prefer thigh meat over breast meat since it has more flavor, but if you’re like most Americans and can only do white meat, it will also work out just fine. (Trader Joe’s offers a great deal on fresh frozen boneless, skinless thighs for $6.49 for 2 or 3 lbs worth. I highly recommend them!) This stew is definitely hearty enough to stand alone, but it also goes really well on top of some rice, couscous, or any other yummy grain you can find. And without further ado, here’s the recipe.