Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Love this time of year

Our poor over fertilized garden is trying so hard to produce, and the watermelon are looking great, but the thing about living out in the middle of nowhere is most folks around here grow a garden, and everyone has too much of something and so it's passed around, I bake bread and make cheese to trade for this and that, a few days ago the hubbs brought home a few pounds of apricots and some onions.  The local grocery store always has good bulk deals, and chicken breasts are always a steal, I get a 20 pound box of frozen skinless boneless breasts for around 30 bucks.  So tonight Its Apricot Chicken for supper...gotta love that Google recipe search!


Apricot Chicken Recipe

If you don't have fresh apricots, you can use a combo of dried pitted apricots and apricot jam. Chop up about a dozen dried apricots and add them, with a half cup of apricot jam, to the stock in step 4 (skipping steps 1 and 5).

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.
* courtesy of simplyrecipes.com 



1 comment:

  1. Footnote...this is a new favorite..I was skeptical, I really do not care for apricots, but this had a definite Thai influence, the cinnamon adds that mmmm what is that flare, but I think I will use some thai sweet basil instead of the rosemary next time, perhaps some coconut milk in the rice!

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