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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.)

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  • 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.)

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 103 mg cholesterol; 507 mg sodium. 635 mg potassium; 18.4 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 33.5 g protein; 797 IU vitamin a iu; 5 mg vitamin c; 41 mcg folate; 23 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 52 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;

Reviews (29)

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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
Delicious! Used dried apricots that I soaked in orange juice prior to cooking. Substituted part Trop50 part soju for the white wine. Turned out great. Whole family enjoyed it. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2015
Delicious. A big hit with my family. Will make this again for sure! I too used dried apricots and the recipe was delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2013
Great Dish for Picky Eaters I made this recipe for my picky boyfriend since we have a tough time finding dishes we both like and it was perfect! Sweet but not overwhelmingly so. I would definitely recommend this especially for a group with diverse tastes. Pros: pretty quick very tasty not too complicated Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2013
30 minutes Excellent diner Use a can of abricots works fine. I used red wine instead tasted great. Slice some lemon skin for the spinache Pros: Juicy chicken nice sauce Easy to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2013
Delicious easy attractive nutritious Ann from Orlando Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2013
Will save judgement! I didn't use apricots (not a fan) and didn't substitute. Used one of the kid's juiceboxes as it was there and this dish was very tangy a little bitter. I guess that's where the apricot comes in? I am willing to make this dish again but I will have to stick a little closer to the recipe! Pros: Easy quick and cheap. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2013
Delicious I couldn't get fresh apricots so I just added more preserves. I also don't like tarragon so I left it out. This was SO good! I was skeptical because there are so few ingredients but it was delish! Pros: Easy healthy tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2012
Yummy chicken! I made this last night for my boyfriend and myself. My grocery store didn't have apricots yet and so cutting the recipe in half for two of us we used one peach and peach preserves instead of two apricots and apricot preserves. Other than changing the fruit I didn't alter a thing and it was fantastic! I'll definitely be making this again sometime this week or next. Pros: Super tasty easy to make. Cons: Had to substitue peach for apricot. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2012
Nice change to chicken I substituted diluted white wine vinegar for white wine. Should have diluted it more. The vinegar really cut thru the sweetness if you were concerned with that from other reviews. Loved the tarragon flavor in the sauce!! Pros: One pan simple Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2012
AMAZING RECIPE I made it tonight for my family and it took less than 30 mins and we were eating. I served it with sauted brocolli and it was a HIT!! kids and all! I used dried apricots instead of fresh because they are out of season and white onion instead of scallops and threw the sauce in the blender so the kids couldnt see the ingredients and it came out perfect! If you use dried fruit it will take longer to reduce use a little extra wine. Pros: easy fast healthy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2012
Just ok This was too sweet Pros: easy and healthy Cons: too sweet Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2012
Sooo good! Worth every effort for a yummy dinner. These were so good. My husband (who wasn't sure what to expect when I started my diet and declared I was cooking healthy from here on out) was pleasantly surprised. I dislike the taste of cooking wine or alcohol so I substituted apple juice with a bit of vinegar for the wine. I also did not have shallots so I used onions. It turned out very tasty. Looking forward to making it again already.:) Pros: A sweet-ish dish but not overwhelmingly GREAT for picky kids. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2011
Sweet and Tasty:) I used canned apricots yummy!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
My family and I loved this recipe. The only change that I made was to add a little red pepper flakes to give it a little spice. It was delicious. Can't wait to make it again!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is delicious! I used Chicken broth instead of white wine (I usually use Vermouth and didn't have enough). In the middle of the recipe I realized I was out of apricot preserves and sub'd maple syrup. Worked great! Next time (this one is definitely going into the rotation) I'll use the preserves or I may even try the Pineapple Habanero Jam I can at the grocery store. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I really liked this recipe! It was very easy and fast to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very yummy and very easy. I used dried apricots instead of fresh since fresh aren't in season so I added extra wine and let the sauce cook a bit longer although I wish I'd taken the time to reconstitute them beforehand. Also used pear jam instead of apricot which was good but the pear jam was rather sweet so it made the sauce a little sweeter than I expected. But that's just me using what I had on hand. Would definitely try again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved this recipe! I used dried apricots since fresh were not in season. I chopped them up and poured a little hot water over them for about 10 minutes before using in the recipe. Other than that I did not make any changes. Will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used chicken broth instead of wine and served it with quinoa. It was soooo good! It was an easy and quick recipe. Will definitely make this again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was wonderful. I also used the chicken broth in place of white wine (low sodium as well). I had to substitute the dried apricots as well and the recipe was still absolutely delicious! I would definently make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really good. Relatively simple but very tasty. Really liked this method of doing the chicken too. My only amendment was to add 2 grilled red peppers. I cut them lengthways into 4s remove seeds and pith etc grill them skin side up on a very high temperature until the skin blackens all over put them in a plastic freezer bag for at least 10 mins (but usually until the dish is ready) take them out and slide off the blackened skins before adding them to the final dish with the chicken. Provides a nice counterbalance to the sweetness of the apricot and the seared taste of the chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made exactly as recipe stated and it was wonderful. It's so rare for me to buy fresh apricots. Like other posters here I usually have dried on hand and they probably would have been fine. But the fresh ones were so soft and plumpy and added a nice freshness to the recipe. One thing: I don't think they pounded that breast in the picture because mine was as big and flat as a salad plate. But if you're restricted to proper portions like I am half a breast was a big eyeful on the plate. Even the hubs loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The apricot flavor was intense! Using fresh fruit really made this dish. The sauce was a tad sweet for me though so I used a splash of white wine vinegar and 1 Tbsp of Dijon. It really balanced the sweetness. I used chicken tenders too as they were on sale. I served it as recommended with brown rice and spinach. Filling and yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made a few changes to this recipe and it still turned out great! Instead of white wine I used Caribbean Jerk marinade and used canned peaches and peach preserves instead of apricots. I simmered the jerk in the skillet with the juice from the canned peaches before dicing peaches and simmering. The only other thing I added was the chicken salt and pepper. Tasted like something I would have gotten from a restaurant! Will make again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this recipe last night and I must say it's freaking AWESOME!! I can't wait to make it again when my father in law is here waa hoo!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Easy and tasty. Unfortunately could not get fresh apricots. The dried ones I used were high-quality chewy and flavorful. Will try it with fresh apricots when I next stumble upon them but its good with the dried version too and is an easy week night dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Superb! So good! Unfortunately I guess apricots are out of season because I couldn't find them anywhere! I subbed peaches and it worked out great!!! Perfect sweetness and so delicious! I didn't realize you could add pics! Will take one next time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very Sweet and Sour I had a lot of fun making this recipe. I gave it 4 stars because my partner did not enjoy it so much...it was too sweet for his taste. He is more of a spicy dish person. But for what it was it was really good. Quick and easy to prepare it was a nice change from our usual chicken go-to recipe's. I might experiment next time using an apricot jalepeno jam instead of apricot preserves. I found fresh apricots okay but I could not find apricot preserves without HFCS in it. That was disappointing. I served it with cheese risotto and steamed broccoli. Pros: Easy to make Quick meal healthy from scratch budget friendly Cons: Too sweet for some palettes Apricot preserves are hard to find without HFCS Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Easy quick different and delicious Used dried apricots (and many more than 4) but simmered in a little water first for about 5 minutes and then let them sit in the hot water until it was time to add them to the shallots and wine. Might try to brown the shallots a bit before adding the wine but all and all this is a terrific recipe. Enjoyed the other comments might throw in a little hot pepper jelly the next time. Will definitely make again! Read More