Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken with Apricot Quinoa

My Bears are on a BYE week today and I had no frozen meals to heat up, so I thought  “Oh hell!” and whipped this up for lunch! This dish has a distinctly mediterranean flavor to it, with the use of sweet chili sauce and limes for basting the chicken and the use of cumin and apricots for the quinoa. It helps that it’s very filling without weighing you down too much as well!

12065936_10101711487253004_2181431958047995481_n

Ingredients for Pilaf

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked qunioa, rinsed
  • 3 dried apricot halves, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Ingredients for Chicken

  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tsp grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 4 1/4-pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. To make pilaf, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and cumin. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, quinoa, and apricots; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until qunioa is tender and liquid is absored, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in parsley.
  2. Meanwhile, to make chicken, stir together chili sauce, lime zest, and lime juice in small bowl. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Spray large skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning frequently and basting with chili sauce mixture, until chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Serve chicken with pilaf and lime wedges. Serves 4.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s