Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apricot Chicken Recipe

For those who have been asking:

Apricot Chicken from the Simply in Season cookbook by Mary Beth Lind & Cathleen Hockman-Wert.  Words in italics are my additions or modifications.

Serves 4

2 tsp butter or olive oil
4 ripe apricots (halved and seeded)  Since I use dried apricots, I use a lot more than 4, a handful or so? I either soakthem in water for an hour or use them as is if I am too busy.  Watch carefully because they burn easily.
Melt butter in frypan.  Place apricots in meted butter cut side down and cook over medium heat until light brown, about 5 minutes.  Turn and cook several more.  Remove to plate.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (whole or cut into strips)
salt and pepper
Roll chicken in mixture of salt and pepper. Or just sprinkle it on!  Saute in 1 Tbls olive oil on med-high hear for 3 minutes, then med-low heat for 7 more mintues or until no longer pink inside.  Remove chicken to plate with apricots.

1 tsp ginger root (peeled and minced)  could also use ground ginger 
1 green onion or 2 Tbls onion (chopped)
Combine in frypan and saute briefly.

1/2 cup dry white wine, apple juice or water  I have used both the wine and juice both are excellent
2 Tbls maple syrup or apricot preserves
1/2 tsp lime peel (grated) or lemon peel or omit
Add to frypan along with the apricots and chicken.  Simmer 10 minutes to combine flavors.  Serve alone or over brown rice or couscous.  Garnish with 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds.

One of our kids favorite dishes.  Enjoy! 

8 comments:

Homeschooling Parent in Baltimore, MD said...
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Johanna B. said...

I love the Simply in Season cookbook and use it all the time. It helped me most when we first joined a CSA a few years ago, and I had never cooked some of the vegetables we were getting. Great recipes! Glad to hear you use it too.

Sara said...

Here there friend! I love it as well. The Joy of Cooking and Simply in Season are my go-to's for cooking. Lot's of stand-bys and helpful info. More With Less in another one in the same vein by I haven't used it.
Oopps, I somehow deleted your comment, Johanna! Blogger and I don't always know how to communicate.

Sara said...

Ignore the last part of my comment! (What planet am I on today?!)
Good to hear from you, lady.

Amy Maddalena said...

Hi there! Glad you are back ;) Thanks for reminding me I have been wanting to get that cookbook.

Sara said...

Highly recommended! Glad to "see" you Amy.

~liz said...

i didn't read this post closely enough the first time. i make the most recipes form this cookbook - it's a favorite around here! if you have time, try the sweet potato crescent rolls - YUM!

Sara said...

Oh, we will have to try those. I have some sweet potatoes in my frig right now!