Chicken with Ginger Sauce and Watermelon Pickle

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 45m

Serves 6


  • Watermelon Pickle:
  • 1 small watermelon, 3 pound 10 ounce
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • Chicken with Ginger Sauce:
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless, single chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water



Remove the seeds and rind from the watermelon; finely chop the flesh. Combine the watermelon with the remaining pickle ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil rapidly, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Discard the cinnamon stick. If storing, pour into a hot sterilized jar, cool and refrigerate. Use at room temperature. Reserve 2 tablespoons of pickle juice.


Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook until well browned and tender. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.

Drain any excess fat from the pan. Add the wine and stock to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced to about 1 cup.


Press the grated ginger between two spoons to extract the juice; discard the pulp. Add the ginger juice and 2 tablespoons of juice from the watermelon pickle to the pan. Whisk in the butter over low heat, one piece at a time, until combined. Blend the cornstarch and water and add to the mixture. Stir until mixture boils and thickens.

Cut the chicken into slices. Divide the sauce among plates, serve with sliced chicken and Watermelon Pickle.

NOTE: The Watermelon Pickle can be made up to a month ahead and stored in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator. The chicken and sauce are best made close to serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2737

nutrition information per serving

548 calories; 16g total fat; 157mg cholesterol; 192mg sodium; 37g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 57g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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