I adore apricots. I wait all summer for them to arrive so that I can bite into them or cook them into the more usual pies and desserts. Dessert aside; apricots have a tart sweetness that makes them a perfect accompaniment to meat too, particularly chicken. This easy Apricot Chicken recipe has a distinct Middle Eastern flavor, and is a wonderful way to get to eat fresh apricots if you’re on an antimicrobial or neutropenic diet. The chicken is broiled surrounded by fresh apricots and red onion, then glazed with a spicy apricot sauce. The fresh broiled apricots and onions form a delicious chutney-like sauce with the juices from the glaze that is perfect with plain couscous or a rice pilaf.
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the apricot jam, ginger, olive oil, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, jalapeno, and ginger.
3. Place the chicken breasts onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper. Surround the chicken with the fresh apricots and red onion. Cook in the broiler for 5 minutes, then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Brush the glaze over the chicken and cook for another 4 minutes. Serve with Basic Couscous.
Ann’s Tips and Tricks
In a pinch you could make this with canned apricots instead of fresh, just carefully rinse the syrup off them. Canned apricots are a great standby to have in your pantry for dishes like this and for some of our easy desserts.
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