Seared Chicken With Apricot Sauce

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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.

Seared Chicken With Apricot Sauce
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

  • 4 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

  • 4 fresh apricots, pitted and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

  1. 4 servings

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.)

  4. 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 Facts

Per serving
18 g
7 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Monounsaturated Fat
3 g
32 g
91 mg
Dietary Fiber
1 g
686 mg
608 mg
Added Sugars
4 g
1 fruit
3 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings
Potassium = 20% daily value
Vitamin A = 16% daily value

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