March 11, 2008 14:05 ET

Jif® Peanut Butter Announces $10,000 Grand Prize Winner in Nutty Recipe Contest

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) -

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The makers of Jif® Peanut Butter announce today that Lauri Percy of Hay River, NT is the grand prize winner of the Jif® Recipe Challenge Contest™ with her original recipe - Apricot Chicken with Peanut Sauce. Lauri wins a whopping $10,000 plus a Smucker's® basket. Jif® Peanut Butter lovers from across Western Canada submitted almost 100 original recipes using Jif® Peanut Butter, Robin Hood® Nutri™ Flour Blend and a variety of Smucker's® products.

"We had so many imaginative and tasty recipes, but we chose Lauri's Apricot Chicken with Peanut Sauce because it was creative, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious," says contest judge and food consultant Dana McCauley.

Other contest judges included Scaramouche Pastry Chef, Lindsay Haddock and Didier Restaurant Sous Chef, Oliver Kjeldsen. They selected the top ten finalist recipes, which were then posted on myjifrecipes.ca to be voted on by online readers. Nearly 3,000 votes were submitted.

"My kids love my Apricot Chicken with Peanut Sauce and I hoped everyone else would too," says Lauri Percy. "I'm so excited I won the grand prize of $10,000, it will definitely help with my kitchen renovations."

Four runners-up were awarded secondary prizes of $1,000 and a Smucker's® gift basket:

- 1st Runner Up - Wendy Lightbody of Brentwood Bay (Peanut Butter Raspberry Brownies)

- 2nd Runner Up - Stephanie Wren of Port Coquitlam (Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Puffs)

- 3rd Runner Up - Zofia Morris of Summerland (Frozen Peanut Butter and Jam Mousse Cheesecake)

- 4th Runner Up - Marni Fudge of Calgary (Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Peanut Butter Filling)

In addition to the prizes, Jif® Peanut Butter will also donate 60 jars of Jif® Peanut Butter, 60 jars of Smucker's® jam and 60 bags of Robin Hood® Nutri™ Flour Blend to the local food bank in each of the winners' hometowns.

Lauri Percy's Apricot Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Prep time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Freezing: not recommended


Peanut Sauce:
- 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) coconut milk
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) chicken broth
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) soy sauce
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) lemon juice
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) Smucker's® Pure Apricot Jam
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) white pepper

- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) Robin Hood® Nutri™ Flour Blend
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) white pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil

Apricot Sauce:
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) Smucker's® Pure Apricot Jam
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) chicken broth
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) grated lemon zest

Cooking Instructions

Peanut Sauce
1. Whisk together peanut butter, coconut milk, chicken stock, soy sauce,
lemon juice, apricot jam, garlic, ginger and pepper.

2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). In a large plastic bag,
combine flour, ground ginger, pepper and salt. Lightly moisten
chicken and shake in plastic bag until covered with the flour mixture.
Shake off excess flour.

2. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet and brown the chicken on all
sides. Transfer to an uncovered 9"x13" (3.5 L) baking dish.

Apricot Sauce
1. Whisk together apricot jam, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Spoon over
chicken and bake for 25 minutes.

2. Warm the peanut sauce and serve on the side for dipping your chicken.

TIP: Serve with rice and veggies.

About The J.M. Smucker Company

The J. M. Smucker Company is the leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® and Bick's® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. Since 1998, the Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's annual listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States, ranking number one in 2004. For more information about the company, visit www.smuckers.com.

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