Your Daily Dish: Apricot Chicken
Apricots are a great fruit – not only are they smooth and sweet, but they are also capable of livening up chicken! This Apricot Chicken recipe, crunchy coated-baked chicken topped with a lip-smacking Apricot Amaretto sauce, is a winner.
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Apricot Amaretto Sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup apricot jam
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp amaretto liqueur
2 cups canned apricots, drained and sliced
1) Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
2) Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of wax paper and pound to even thickness, about 1/2-inch thick.
3) Place flour in a small bowl. In another bowl, lightly whisk eggs. In a third bowl, mix panko crumbs with lemon zest, salt and pepper.
4) Dust chicken breasts with flour, shaking off any excess. Dip into egg, then coat in panko mixture, patting to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through.
5) For the sauce, in a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken broth, apricot jam and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture, reduce heat to medium and stir continually for 4-5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and mix in amaretto liqueur and sliced apricots.
6) To serve, cut each chicken breast into 3 pieces and pour sauce over the top. Serve immediately to ensure chicken coating remains crisp.
Bite Me Bit: Cowardly Lion: What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?
Dorothy: Courage! -‘Wizard of Oz’
Between this tasty Apricot Chicken and Bite Me’s Balsamic Chicken with Peppers, Almonds & Raisins, your chicken will never be bland or boring again!
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