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Apricot Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

Every since my husband and I began growing apricots more than 30 years ago, collecting recipes featuring that elegant fruit has been a favorite hobby.—Elegant Apricot Specialty Foods, Jo and Joe Martin, Patterson, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried apricot halves, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup halved snow peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, soak apricots in water; set aside (do not drain). Combine the flour, cilantro if desired, salt and pepper; sprinkle over the chicken and set aside.
  • 2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat; stir-fry onion and celery for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add the peas, ginger, garlic and apricots; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. Add remaining oil to skillet; stir-fry chicken for 6-7 minutes or until no longer pink. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Return apricot mixture to skillet and heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 268 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 364 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.