Loquat Chicken


If you have a loquat tree in your back yard or know someone who does, you'll try to find something to do with them. This is a great tart and spicy way to use up those seemingly endless loquats. This loquat recipe would work well with pork, too. Loquats are very much a seasonal fruit. Late spring to early summer is the only time of year you can find them. It pairs very well with rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 6 large ripe loquats, peeled and pitted

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ cup vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


  1. Place loquats into a saucepan and stir in water, orange juice, and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil.

  2. Stir in ground ginger, cinnamon, lemon pepper, and smoked paprika; reduce heat to low. Simmer until sauce has thickened and loquats soften and begin to break apart, about 20 minutes, occasionally whisking vigorously to help break up fruit.

  3. Stir in vinegar and simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Heat grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breasts in hot oil until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Remove chicken breasts from the skillet and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

  5. Return chicken pieces to the skillet and stir in 1/4 of the loquat sauce, scraping and dissolving any browned bits of food into sauce. Serve chicken with remaining loquat sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

401 Calories
10g Fat
53g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 401
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 32mg 161%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 590mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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