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Cinnamon-Apricot Chicken Breasts

Whenever I offer this chicken to guests, they not only say they like it, they empty the plate. That's the best compliment a cook can ever receive!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the water, cinnamon stick, 2 tablespoons butter, sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook chicken in remaining butter over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 170°. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic over medium-low heat until onion is tender. Stir in the broth, apricots, juices, zest and savory; simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cinnamon stick from rice; stir in apricot mixture. Spoon into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top with chicken.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with pecans and bake for 10 minutes or until juices run clear.

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  • HotAmber
    Jun 2, 2011

    This recipe took my sister and I 45 minutes to prep. We pride ourselves on being pretty good in the kitchen, so we were surprised that it took so long. The chicken alone was somewhat bland, but when mixed together with the rice mixture, was quite tasty. We had difficulty finding savory, so we omitted that. We both agree that we would make this again with double the rice mixture.