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.

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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; 103 mg cholesterol; 507 mg sodium. 18.4 g carbohydrates; 33.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (29)

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
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.
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!
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!
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I really liked this recipe! It was very easy and fast to make.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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!!