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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut.

Cherimoya from Melissa's Produce

When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be cautious with this type of produce. The skin and the seeds are toxic, but the fruit is delicious. I waited until my Cherimoya was ripe (a soft brown hue). Then, it was time to explore the amazing fruit.

There was little online that talked about Cherimoya, and I was struggling with what to make with it. It was a cold, and rainy afternoon, and I was planning on making chili, so I decided it might be a good time to introduce Cherimoya to my family.

I had chicken, Cherimoya, and coconut. I thought would be the perfect combination, and it was. Even my picky eater, asked if I could pack him more of the chili in his lunch the next day, which never happens. It is now one of my kids favorite recipes!!

Cherimoya Coconut Chili Recipe

Cherimoya recipe


2 Cherimoyas
3 Garlic cloves
1 Onion (diced)
6-7 Chicken tenders
2 Cans coconut milk
1 Teaspoon cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
4 Limes (juiced)
1 Can corn
1 Cup Salsa Verde
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil


Cherimoya and chicken chili recipe

1. In a frying pan, add a dash of olive oil. Then, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until fully cooked. Next, put the chicken on a cutting board, and chop the chicken.

Cooking Chicken tenders

2. In a food processor, blend the Cherimoya until it is a paste texture.

how to eat a Cherimoya

3. Then, in a dutch oven, add olive oil. Heat the olive oil and then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until fully cooked, and then add chicken and Cherimoya.

Cooking with fresh Melissa's Produce

4. Next, add the coconut milk, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, corn, salsa and salt/pepper (to taste).

Garlic from Melissa's Produce

5. Bring the chili to a bowl and then simmer for 30-40 minutes.

unique chili recipe

6. Serve with warm bread or over rice.

Cherimoya Coconut & Chicken Chili

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  1. Amazing! Thanks to you because I discover new chicken recipe. I don’t have any idea that ingredient like cherimoyas can be used in cooking. I must try cooking this in our dinner.

  2. It looks so amazing! I can’t believe you made that yourself! Love!

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