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Seared Chicken With Apricot Sauce

Seared Chicken With Apricot Sauce
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

Fresh apricots, white wine, apricot preserves and tarragon combine in a quick sauce that’s delicious on chicken. We pound the chicken thin so that it cooks in just a couple of minutes. Let this basic recipe inspire you to create your own variations. Try different combinations of wine (or even fruit juice with a touch of vinegar) and other fruits and preserves. Serve with: Quinoa or brown rice and sautéed spinach.

Ingredients
Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed
  • 3/4 teaspoon
    salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon
    canola oil
  • 3/4 cup
    dry white wine
  • 1 medium
    shallot, minced
  • fresh apricots, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons
    apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons
    fresh tarragon, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a rolling pin, meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off excess. (Discard any leftover flour.)
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm. (If necessary, cook the chicken in two batches with an additional 1 tablespoon oil.)
  3. Off the heat, add wine and shallot to the pan. Return to medium heat and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Add apricots and cook until the fruit begins to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in preserves, tarragon and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Return the chicken to the pan and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the chicken with the sauce.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories252
  • Fat5 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol66 mg
  • Carbohydrates15 g
    • Dietary fiber1 g
  • Protein27 g
  • Sodium517 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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