Apricot Glazed Chicken

I walked into the store and was drawn to these beautiful glowing golden orange apricots. Let my start by saying…I’m a big sucker for fresh fruit. If fruit were a clever predator, I’d be a goner real quick. I just can’t resist their bright colors and sweet fragrance. Half the time, I don’t need these fruits, but can’t help grabbing them up.  I unpack my groceries and see my golden orange apricots…now, what to make out these little beauties?

Apricots are related to the peach. They have a beautiful golden orange skin that is velvety smooth and slightly fuzzy.  On a side note…My kids love soft textures…I come into the kitchen and both of them are sitting at the counter rubbing an apricot against their cheek! I couldn’t help but to laugh. They said they feel so soft on your cheek…I’ll take their word on that one :D This is what happens when your kids are on summer vacation… boredom sets in and they do strange things. Haha.

Luckily, I purchased quite a few apricots. They can play with their two and I can prepare the rest :D We are big chicken eater here, so I decided to transform my apricots into Apricot Glazed Chicken…

Apricot Glazed Chicken

Apricots

Interestingly, apricots are one of the first summer fruits to ripen. Their season only lasts from May to August so, you only have a few months to reap their nutritional benefits. Apricots are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. Apricots are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene which, are known to promote heart health and protect against several cancers. 

Vitamin A: promotes healthy eyes, skin, hair, and teeth

Lycopene-rich foods: may reduce the risk of developing cancer

Beta-carotene: helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation

Apricots

Apricot Nutrition

1 cup raw

Calories 74
Calcium 20 mg
Potassium 401 mg
Vitamin A 2985 IU
Vitamin C 15.5 mg
Vitamin E 1.4 mg
Vitamin K 5.1 µg
Beta Carotene 1805 mg

Selecting Apricots:

Fresh apricots should have orange-gold colored skin. They should be plump and slightly soft to the touch. 

 

Apricot Glazed Chicken

 

I used balsamic vinegar to create a glaze that is perfectly balanced with sweet and robust flavors.

Apricot Glazed Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 fresh apricots, halved and sliced
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle chicken breast with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken sauté until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side. Add broth to the pan.
  3. Mix apricot preserves and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Evenly spread mixture over each chicken breast. Add fresh apricots to pan and cook until glaze has thickened, about a minute.
  4. Serve each chicken breast with glaze and apricots.
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Apricot Glazed Chicken

 

Yum! This Apricot Glazed Chicken is delicious!! The beautiful golden glaze makes a wonderful presentation and a dish that is perfect to serve to guests.

This so quick and easy to prepare that it is sure to become one of your go-to meals :D

 

 

 

Sources:
http://www.environmentalnutrition.com/issues/34_6/enonfoods/152175-1.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=3
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2159

 



Comments

  1. I’m a big fruit fan too. It just seems to pair well with so many different ingredients!

  2. Wow, look at the colour of the chicken! I am instantly tempted by looking at this and now I can’t wait trying this apricot-glazed recipe in my kitchen and serving this to my family and friends! :) Thanks!!

    • Thank you! I love the favors and the slices of fresh apricots in this chicken. It really tastes as good as it looks. :)

  3. Lawrence says:

    This is a nice summer glaze for all the grilling I am going to do ;)

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