Chicken Maryland

This is a meal that wasn’t a failure. Because we could eat it, and it was perfectly good food. And we learned that we don’t want to eat the British version of Chicken Maryland. You may find the traditional recipe for Chicken Maryland HERE in which banana fritters and bacon is served on the side. The recipe I prepared is from Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamie’s Dinners.

Here is what you’ll need if you plan on trying Jamie’s version of Chicken Maryland.

4 chicken breasts, skin removed

4 fresh corn on cob

1 (14 oz) can cannellini beans, drained

2 bananas peeled

Salt and pepper

1 large glass white wine

1 cup heavy cream

4 TB butter

9 or so slices of bacon or pancetta

Preheat oven to 425 F.
Slice raw corn off cobs and place corn in roasting pan.

Using a fork smash up half of the cannellini beans until you have a pulp and add these to the corn.

Run your knife down the side of the chicken breast
so you form a pocket. Place half a squashed banana I the pocket. Fold the flap over and salt and pepper chicken.

Place the chicken breast on top of the corn-cannellini mixture in your roasting pan.

Mix wine and heavy cream then add to the mixture. Scatter the butter knobs I the pan.

Drape the chicken with bacon or pancetta ( I used bacon) and bake at 425F for 25 to 35 minutes. The bacon comes out very crisp.

I just don’t know what to say about this dish except that we won’t have it again. It was edible. It tasted good…...yet our taste buds couldn’t’ reconcile the sweet taste of banana mingled with the beans and corn.

Perhaps if I served the banana as fritters on the side…it was a conundrum for the palate. As any attempt at a new recipe is generally a lesson, this was certainly not a wasted one.



Cathy said...

Yum! I had this once in a restaurant and loved it....although it is a stretch to eat the banana in a savory dish.

Kim said...

I've never heard of anything like this before. I've also never had bananas with anything savory, but I would be willing to try it. Sounds like a fun recipe to try. Sorry to hear that you all didn't love it!

Sook said...

I don't think I've had this before.. Sounds delicious!!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Have never had or cooked this but did read Maryland somewhere- and am sorry u didn like this too muc but it does look so delicious to me.....maybe yes ,id leave the banana out too ....
But the bacon and corn n chicken here!!!

Joie de vivre said...

Yes, there seems to be something wrong with a British version of a dish called Chicken Maryland. Although, is there a Maryland in Britain? I know that Maryland in the states was named in honor of Queen Mary right? Anyway, I'm all about getting dinner on the table. It doesn't need to be perfect, just edible. :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

This chicken looks delish!!!

Janel said...

I'm positive the banana stuffing wouldn't fly in my house! Corn, bacon and chicken would work, though.

Drick said...

let's hear it for honesty - I think all the ingredients sound great...cooked separately but you never know until you make it - I have never had chicken maryland and now I don't think I will...thanks for letting me know....

Wandering Coyote said...

I have never even heard of this before!

Pierce said...

Cathy - I should have made banana fritters I think.

Kim - Go for it! But let me know what you think.

Sook - Chickne part was good...

Vanilla- can't go wrong with bacon.

Joie - I think it's just Jamie Oliver making his mark on this dish. Yes, I agree...justr needs to be edible!

Fresh and Local - I was reading your blog about the truffle cheese. now THAT sounds good,

Janel - I agree, corn, bacon and chicken are naturals.

Drick - It's all a learning experience! Right now I have chicken marinating in bourbon sauce from your recipe. I'll let you know how it tastes after tomorrow. No bananas in this one :-)

WC - I have only heard of the original version and I won't make this particular one again.

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