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Apricot Chicken

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 12 ingredients

While they often appear in desserts, apricots have a tart sweetness that pairs nicely with meat, too. This simple-to-prepare dish has a distinct Middle Eastern flavor and is a wonderful way to eat fresh apricots....


  • 1 cup apricot jam or marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ small jalapeño, deseeded and minced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin with a rolling pin or meat pounder
  • 4 apricots, under-ripe, quartered and pitted (see Chef Tips)
  • ½ red onion, sliced
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Nutrition Facts


475 cals


10 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g


59 g


39 g


2 g


40 g


648 mg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the apricot jam, ginger, olive oil, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, jalapeno, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a few pinches or grinds of black pepper.
  3. Add the pounded chicken breasts and stir to coat.
  4. Place the fresh apricots and red onion slices on an oiled baking sheet and then pour the chicken breast mixture on top, nestling the apricots and red onion around the breasts. Cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. When your meat thermometer registers 165 degrees for an internal temperature, the chicken is done. Serve with our basic couscous or brown rice.

Chef Tips

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.

Optional: For the last few minutes of cooking time, turn on the broiler in your oven to give the chicken a nice, browned finish.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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