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Chicken with Apricots

by Adina 13/06/2019 6 comments

chicken with apricots and herbs

 

Chicken with apricots for dinner? Get some chicken breast and some fresh apricots and you will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

 

CHICKEN WITH FRESH APRICOTS

This chicken with apricots recipe was something completely new for me.

I like using fruit when cooking savory dishes, as you can see in this Apple Beef Goulash for instance. I have also made plenty of salads like this Tiger Prawn Red Currant Salad or this Amazing Autumn Salad with fruit or berries, but it was the first time I used fresh apricots in a savory dish.

We all love apricots here so I buy them a lot during their season, but I mostly use them for making apricot jam or cakes or we just eat them as they are.

However, after seeing a wonderful recipe for chicken with apricots (dried apricots) somewhere online, I decided I would like to try something including chicken and fresh apricots. Especially for the blog. πŸ™‚

 

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So I made this chicken with apricots for the first time a few weeks ago, only a small portion at first, I was quite apprehensive about the kids, I thought they would not eat it anyway. But I was wrong! Although the first try was not exactly what I had hoped it would be, it still tasted good and the kids definitely enjoyed it.

So the next time I’ve made it, I did increase the quantities to have enough for 4 people and did the changes I thought necessary to make this dish even better than the original. I hope you will like the end result, a sweet and tangy chicken with apricots, full of flavor, tender and aromatic.

That was in summer 2016. I have made this chicken with apricots at least once every season ever since. Today I decided to take new pictures as well and to renew the post.

 

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APRICOT CHICKEN RECIPE

At first sight you might think this apricot chicken to be a curry, it is not, or it might be if it wasn’t for all the herbs and typical European seasoning.

I suppose if you would replace the herbs with some turmeric and cumin or any curry paste you like you might easily turn this dish into an Indian curry. However, this is a Romanian inspired dish.

But to tell you the truth, I often thought that although the countries are so different and so far away from each other, many Indian dishes could be mistaken for Romanian dishes, at least from an optical point of view. The seasoning is completely different, so no Romanian dish would ever taste like an Indian one, but one could be easily fooled, at least before taking the first bite. πŸ™‚

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE APRICOT CHICKEN

Sugar:

  • There are a couple of things I have noticed while cooking this apricot chicken so many times. The most important of all is the use of sugar.
  • The first times I made the recipe, I used more sugar to work against the extreme tanginess of the fresh apricots. But as I don’t like using that much sugar in a savory dish, I am now always particularly careful in choosing the apricots for this dish.
  • So, I would rather not make the apricot chicken unless the fresh apricots I get are perfectly ripe and sweet. This way I can use less than half the amount of sugar I used before and the chicken with apricots dish is still sweet, slightly tangy and perfectly delicious!

 

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Apricots:

  • Use ripe, sweet apricots. If you use underripe apricots, you will have to increase the amount of sugar you use and then you will end up using more sugar than you actually want to use in a savory dish.
  • I recommend starting with 1/2 tablespoon sugar and increasing the amount to taste, it really depends on the sweetness of your apricots.
  • Same goes for the amount of lemon juice you use. Start with one tablespoon, taste and add more according to taste. If the apricots are very sweet and mild you might want to add a bit more, if the apricots are tangier leave it to one tablespoon.

 

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Chicken:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bitesize pieces. They will be cooked in no time making this chicken with apricots a super quick dinner as well.

Herbs:

  • I used dried thyme, fresh parsley and fresh thyme. The fresh thyme is optional, use it if you have it, let it out and take more parsley if you don’t have it.

 

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HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN WITH APRICOTS

  • Cut the chicken breast into bitesize pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan/stewing pan and fry the chicken pieces until lightly golden on both sides, but not cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, slice the green onions. Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Cut each half in 2-3 wedges, depending on their size.
  • Give the onions and the apricots to the chicken, add lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, sugar and chicken or vegetable stock.

 

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  • Bring to a boil, it will happen almost instantly. Cover, lower the heat and simmer the apricot chicken for about 7-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through yet still very tender and the apricots are soft yet not totally mushy.
  • If you would like the sauce to be thicker, mix together the cornstarch with about 2 teaspoons cold water, the slurry should be thick yet pourable.
  • Whisk the slurry into the sauce and let bubble a couple of times until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Adjust the taste with salt, pepper and a little more sugar and/or lemon juice, if necessary. The chicken with apricots should taste sweet and sour.
  • Sprinkle the chopped herbs on top and stir in carefully.

Serve the chicken with apricots immediately with rice and steamed vegetables or salad.

 

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Chicken with Apricots

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chicken with apricots for dinner? Get some chicken breast and some fresh apricots and you will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bunch green onions, about 5-6
  • 400 g/ 14 oz ripe apricots, about 10-12 small ones
  • zest of 1/2 organic lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Β½ -1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 125 ml/ 4.2 fl.oz/ Β½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2-3 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • a few sprigs fresh thyme, optional
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken breasts into mouthsized pieces. Chop the onions into rings. Zest the lemon. Remove the stone from the apricots and slice each apricot half into 2-3 wedges, depending on their size.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan/stewing pan and fry the chicken pieces until lightly golden on all sides but not yet cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with the dried thyme and add the green onions, apricot wedges, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, Β½ tablespoon of the sugar and stock.
  4. Stir carefully, cover the pan, bring to a boil and cook for about 7-8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the apricots are tender but not completely mushy.
  5. If you would like the sauce to be thicker, mix together the cornstarch with about 2 teaspoons cold water, the slurry should be thick yet pourable.
  6. Whisk the slurry into the sauce and let bubble a couple of times until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Taste the apricot chicken and add more sugar or lemon juice to your liking. The dish should taste sweet sour. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Carefully stir in the chopped herbs and serve with rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 309 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 106mg Sodium: 452mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 13g Protein: 41g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

 

 

 

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6 comments

Marvellina 07/06/2017 - 01:30

Apricot and chicken sure is new to me. We use some fruit and meat combo in a dish too, but I’ve never tried apricot yet. This looks delish

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Chris Scheuer 07/06/2017 - 16:57

Oh how pretty and delicious this looks!!

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Monica 07/06/2017 - 21:16

This chicken looks so good with those fluffy grains of rice. Great weekend dinner to sit down to with the family! And I love learning ways to cook with fruit in a savory way…

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Balvinder 14/06/2019 - 17:28

This chicken curry looks so delicious with apricots in it. I have only used mango so far. Would love to give this one a try.

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Becky 16/08/2019 - 03:22

One word: wow! I loved this dish! My husband loved it and my teenage daughter thought it was okay. The flavor reminded me of chicken piccata. Thanks for your creativity!

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Adina 16/08/2019 - 07:14

Thank you for the feedback, Becky. I am so glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

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