Apricots + Chicken = Yum!

So we had a bunch of apricots and no one was eating them but me.  And honestly, they weren’t that sweet and I’d rather have a sweet, juicy peach if I am going to nosh on fruit.  So, I searched for something to put them in and I found this gem.  I was pretty anxious about trying it, but it was a success and I am looking forward to some leftovers.  There are leftovers, right Joel?

I followed the directions from Simply recipes to a tee, except that I halved it for the amount of ingredients that I had on hand and used dried rosemary for the same reason.  As you can see, I used egg noodles instead of rice because I had an opened bag that I wanted to use up.  I think either rice or noodles would be a good choice.

Apricot Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds apricots, roughly chopped, pits removed and discarded
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • Salt
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (can sub olive oil)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth (use gluten-free stock if you are cooking gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot sauce (you can add more if you like)
  • Black pepper

Method

1 Place the chopped apricots in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and the vinegar. Let sit while you brown the chicken in the next step.

2 In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Working in batches, place chicken pieces in the pan, without crowding the pan, and brown them on each side.  As the chicken cooks, sprinkle salt over it.   Once the chicken is browned, remove the pieces from the pan to a bowl and set aside.

3 Add the remaining oil to the pan and sauté the onion until it begins to brown.  As the onion cooks and releases moisture, use a flat edged spatula or wooden spoon to scrape off the browned bits from the chicken (called fond) from the bottom of the pan.

4 Once the onions have browned a bit, add the chicken stock and lower the heat to medium.

5 Put about 2/3 of the apricots, along with any juice they have given up, into a blender and blend into a purée. Pour the purée into the pan with the chicken stock and onions.

6 Add the cinnamon, rosemary and Tabasco and taste. You may need to add some salt. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat and gently simmer for 10-20 minutes.

7 When you are ready to serve, put the chicken and the remaining apricot pieces into the pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Serve hot with rice.

Yield: Serves 6.

Thank you for the recipe, Simply Recipes!