Raspberry Chipotle Chicken with Lime + A Raspberry Farm Tour

Raspberries are such a boldly flavored fruit that they pair perfectly with strong flavors like chipotle pepper and bright lime; this one-pot dinner takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken with Lime

{Disclosure: I recently traveled to Lynden, WA, for a raspberry farm tour sponsored by the National Processed Raspberry Council (NPRC) but I was not compensated to write this post. Opinions and thoughts are my own and I have grown up adoring raspberries – since my dad grew them on our ranch.}

Over the summer, I was beyond grateful to see the entire raspberry harvest from berries on the bush to nutrient-locking-freezer bag. And while summer is the typical season for berries, frozen raspberries are available all year round. So you could say, as the summer berry season is ending…the frozen raspberry season is just beginning.

I’m pretty happy about that – because I’m such a summer girl at heart. And frozen raspberries help me HOLD ON to summer! They are almost like summer sun – frozen in the bag – as the time it takes from sun-ripened-berry-on-bush to individually-quick-frozen-berry is only a few hours.

This short time between picking to freezing raspberries locks in antioxidants and other nutrients. So it’s one of the reasons the nutrition found in frozen raspberries rivals any ‘superfood.’ They boast:

  • The most fiber and the lowest natural sugar content compared to other berries
  • Only 80 calories per cup
  • Being an excellent source of vitamin C along with nine grams of fiber per serving

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A farm girl at heart, I was fascinated by the process of picking and preserving raspberries on the farm. Check out this cool raspberry harvester (below pic) that’s calibrated to shake down only the ripest (and thus juiciest!) berries from the bushes. Stems and leaves are picked out by local high school students who are employed by farmers (and told me they ‘totally love’ their summer job.) And then the machine returns to the same field just three days later, to shake down the next batch of ripe berries. Because they are picked so often, only the ripest berries are frozen.

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken

The sandy soil of this area of Washington is perfectly suited for raspberry bushes. And mustard or beans are grown between rows of bushes to keep down pests and help replenish the soil. Raspberry farmers are some of the hardest working folk anywhere. They sleep very, very little during the 5 week raspberry harvest season. And like farmers everywhere – their crop is extremely dependent on the weather. This year the sun had been especially hot – so the berries were ripening even faster than normal – leading to shorter nights and less sleep for farmers. And during the rest of the year, pruning, planting and caring for bushes is extremely labor-intense.

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken

I was amazed by the state of the art food safety procedures in place in the giant raspberry freezing buildings – check out this automatic hand washer that ensures employees soap up and wash their hands for the specified amount of time (which as every mom knows, is the time it takes to sing the ABC song!)

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken

(And for another hairnet beauty shot, check out this one of Deanna!)

I created this recipe to highlight one of the surprising things I learned about raspberries on the tour: Because of the bold (sweet AND tart) flavor, raspberries pair deliciously with other bold flavors:

  • Dark Chocolate – Check out Dark Chocolate Raspberry Gelato via @AllDayIDreamAboutFood
  • Key lime and other citrus
  • Hot peppers – chipotle, adobo, jalapeno – check out this award winning recipe for Spicy Raspberry Salsa via @MealMakeoverMoms
  • Cinnamon – raspberry cinnamon muffins anyone?
  • Mint and ginger – add some mint to that Cilantro Salsa
  • Chili, or thyme
  • Cheeses such as goat cheese, ricotta, and tart yogurt

Raspberries are bold enough to stand up to these flavors: Sweet, spicy, with a hit of tart citrus: Raspberry Chipotle Chicken with Lime - @tspcurry

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Raspberry Chipotle Chicken with Lime

Fall in love with the spicy, sweet, tart, savory combo raspberries with chipotle chilies, adobo sauce, lime and cilantro; it’s a one-dish dinner that takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chopped onion, about half a large onion
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lime peel – from half a lime
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon total: canned chipotle chilies and adobo sauce (from 7-oz can), chopped
  • 2 cups (10 ounce bag) frozen raspberries (no need to thaw)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add half of chicken to pan. Sear until golden and meat releases from pan– about 5 minutes – flip and cook until golden – about 3 minutes. Remove to plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Turn heat down to medium; add onion to pan and cook until golden, but not brown about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, lime peel, sugar, chilies and raspberries. Bring to a boil and cook about 3 minutes until sauce thickens.
  3. Add chicken back to the pan; cook about 2 minutes until done, turning chicken to coat with sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro.

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