If there’s one thing that I’ve completely fallen in love with over the past few years, it’s jam. Especially homemade jams with hand written labels or no labels at all. That’s a fun game to play with biscuits in the morning: spread on the jam and guess what it is.

Maybe I’m weird, but I like cooking fruit down into a thick, bubbling mess and funneling it into little jars to give out at Christmas and to hoard in our own basement.


But I’m definitely still a canning novice. I’ve only made a handful of jams so far, and my to-make list just keeps getting longer.

For the jams I haven’t made myself and to round out our jam selection, I usually buy Bonne Maman. Besides our homemade jams, theirs are some of the best jams I’ve had. Bonne Maman preserves and jellies are 100% all natural and have no high fructose corn syrup – just like our homemade versions, but with prettier lids.


Thanks to the people at Bonne Maman, I had the chance to come up with a recipe using their Golden Plum Mirabelle preserves – and even though I really wanted to make something sweet, I ended up making something a little sweet and savory.

Bonus! Nick LOVED this! He went back for seconds and kept telling me how good it was. This isn’t a nightly occurrence, so when he keeps talking about a dish….that’s how I know he really, really liked it.

This recipe is definitely going in our rotation! It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and it’s quick – you can’t ask for much more on a busy weeknight.


Check out all the other recipes using the Golden Plum Mirabelle preserves here – there’s some great ones!

I’d love it you would like my picture (here!). The recipe with the most likes will win a prize pack, and I can’t get enough jam!

And, to spread the jam love even more, I’ve got a 3 pack of Bonne Maman preserves to give away!

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Orange Ginger Plum Chicken with Snap Peas
Makes: 4 servings

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Bonne Maman Golden Plum Mirabelle Preserves
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more, if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups steamed sugar snap peas


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and toss with the salt, pepper, and cornstarch until each piece of chicken is coated.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the preserves, orange juice, ginger, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper together.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tsp of olive oil. Add half of the chicken to the pan, shaking the excess cornstarch off before placing in the skillet. Let the chicken brown in the pan before flipping. Cook until the chicken is browned a bit on all sides. Remove the first batch from the pan and repeat with the second tsp of olive oil and the rest of the chicken.
  4. Once the second batch of chicken is browned, add all the chicken back to the pan.
  5. Pour in the preserve mixture and the sliced green onions.
  6. Let this mixture cook, on medium, with the chicken, until the sauce begins to thicken.
  7. Stir in the steamed sugar snap peas just before serving.
  8. Serve over brown rice with extra green onions.

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  1. Heading out to the grocery store now to get the ingredients. Can’t wait to try it! My favorite jam is apricot.

  2. YUMMY!!! I need to make this ASAP!!! Where do you find their jams?

  3. My favorite jam is apricot :)

  4. I signed up for Bonne Maman’s newsletter.

  5. It was amazing! When are going to make this dish again?

  6. my favorite type of jam is sour cherry.

  7. signed up for Bonne Maman’s newsletter

  8. I really like seedless red raspberry jam!

  9. pepper Jam is the best

  10. My favorite jam is either fig or cranberry jam!

  11. Voted in the Pintrest contest (cinnamonfreud)

  12. My favorite jam is undoubtedly mango!

  13. I voted on Pinterest (aneesalewis).

  14. I signed up for the Bonne Maman newsletter.

  15. I liked Bran Appetit on Facebook (Aneesa Bint Lewis).

  16. My favorite Jelly has to be Strawberry.

  17. I subscribe to Bonne Maman e-mail.

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