Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday Night Specials

I think I like apricots now. When I was a child (I still am a child) we had two apricot trees. What a chore they were, when they were on we picked like crazy. We made apricot nectar, jam, fruit leather and some dried apricots. I don't remember having Apricot Chicken. Searching through my recipes I found several, but not quite what I was looking for so I mixed them up a little. This chicken was so tasty and tender the nuts and the jam add tons of flavor to the rice. Yesterday on my daughter blog she posted the song I Did It My Way, sung by the Three Tenors performed for Frank Sinatra. So here is my way Apricot Chicken.
My Way Apricot Chicken

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup wild rice
1 cup chopped nuts not fine
4 boneless chicken breast
1 cup apricot jam
1 cup low cal French dressing
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 c dried apricots
1 envelope onion soup mix

Combine onion soup mix and 2 cups chicken broth in small sauce pan. Cook rice in chicken broth instead of water. While that is cooking heat oil in skillet and add chicken and nuts. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes until brown on both sides. Remove chicken from pan and combine cooked rice, nuts, apricot jam, and French dressing mix well together. Pour rice into a glass casserole dish, place chicken on top of rice with dried apricots on top of chicken and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.


Sarah Herman said...

Fantastic, this is how I cook when not in the professional kitchen or entertaining! Yum!

Lori Lynn said...

Oh, sounds lovely to me. Nice mix of sweet and savory.

Sara said...

This looks great, I really love apricots!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great recipe! Apricots sound excellent with chicken and nuts and rice. Yum!

Donna-FFW said...

Awesome. This looks terrific. Apricots with nuts, chicken such a great combo!