Why is Apricot Almond Chicken astounding? I was astounded by the fact that you can prepare this flavorful dish in only 30 minutes! Furthermore, I was also astounded that this dish is one that I could characterize as “company worthy.” Most noteworthy of all is the quality and taste of Apricot Almond Chicken!
A sweet and salty marinade of apricot preserves, soy sauce, mustard and butter give Apricot Almond Chicken its outstanding flavor and color. Toasted slivered almonds give it yet another layer of flavor. Baking the chicken at 400º F. and finishing it off under the broiler makes this unique dish ready in no time.
The Recipe – Apricot Almond Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Place oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 13" x 9" baking dish.
- Pat chicken dry and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper over both sides. Arrange chicken breasts at least 1/4" apart in the baking dish. Bake 10 minutes.
- While chicken is baking, toast almonds in small baking pan in oven, stirring twice, until golden 5-8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook apricot preserves, soy sauce, mustard, butter and remaining salt and pepper in a small saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until preserves are melted.
- Pour sauce over chicken and continue to bake until chicken in just cooked through, 10 minutes more.
- Turn on broiler and broil chicken 4 to 5 inches from heat, basting once, until chicken is glazed and browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with toasted sliced almonds.
- Serving suggestion: serve with rice and a green vegetable.
Since this recipe is prepared so quickly, I’d recommend having all the ingredients measured and ready to use before starting the preparation.
Toasting the almonds in the oven requires close watching – at 400º F. the almonds will toast before you know it so keep a close watch. Set them aside to cool.
In addition, keep the marinade at medium or lower heat to prevent it from being overcooked until you need it to marinate the chicken.
Be very careful using the broiler – it’s so hot! Once you place the chicken under the broiler, it will be ready in about 3 minutes so don’t leave the kitchen at this point! (Check out my previous post “13 Kitchen Safety Tips.”)
I served astounding Apricot Almond Chicken with rice and Orange-Sauced Asparagus. Rice really soaks up the sauce well. Stay tuned for the recipe for Orange-Sauced Asparagus which will be in my next post.
If you’re looking for “company-worthy” entrees, you might also like one of my very favorite chicken dishes, Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts, in my post “A Company Worthy Meal.”
In conclusion, I hope you’ll find Apricot Almond Chicken to be as astounding as I believe it is! When you need an impressive entrée in a short amount of time, this recipe delivers!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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