Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

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I am sitting here, trying to figure out ways to avoid going down the hill and into town.  I need to return a bunch of stuff that came with our grocery pickup order.

Salad

Someone was obviously new there.  Not only did they get my order all wrong; it wasn’t ready when it was supposed to be.  So, at 8:00 last night, Bill was stuck in the parking lot, waiting for our groceries to show up.

Well, this set-up isn’t going to last much longer, anyway.  When Bill ends his commute to Portland, he won’t be going through that town that offers online grocery shopping.

I’m spoiled – I admit it.  But I hate shopping.  I hate crowded aisles and people who stroll through the store as though there is NO place they’d rather be.  Ugh.  And the ones that walk 6 abreast?  Don’t even get me started!

Healthnut SoupAnyway, soon I’ll be back at the fun that is schlepping groceries in the rain.  The good news is, I’ll get my 10,000 daily steps in.

For some weird reason, I got in almost 13,000 steps yesterday.  Packing up Christmas is more work that I even thought.  Interesting.

I have been keeping up with my resolution to be healthier (at least for a few weeks!).  This is my Healthnut Dump Soup – so named because I just dump in all the ingredients, cook, then dump them back into the Cuisinart.  Yes, I know I keep pushing it.  It’s just that I can’t imagine my life without my Cuisinart.  So, if you’re tired of my bugging you, just check it out here on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2BIBFXb  .

I think I’ll spend the day, right here, mentally preparing myself for errand-running tomorrow.  Of course it will rain.  The last time I went to town, we had gale-force winds and torrential rain.  I looked like a drowned rat by the time I got home.

This is the amazing Super Moon we had last night.  I am aware that this has nothing to do with this post; I just thought I’d be nice and share!

Super Moon

I really don’t get cabin fever, and I could happily stay here, day after day, for months at a time.  I wonder if that makes me a hermit.  I really don’t care, honestly.

Anyway, neither here nor there.  Tonight’s dinner is very healthy and very good, to boot.  It won’t take you long, either, and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for staying with your New Year resolution.  I do love being able to pat myself on the back.

I’ve been doing this blog for about 3 months and I’m starting to run out of tried-and-true recipes.  Looks like I’m going to have to actually try some of the 120,000 recipes I’ve collected on my Pinterest pages.  Imagine that!

This recipe comes from Recipe Girl, so for once, you’ll get exact amounts!  I tweaked it only slightly; I love the sauce, so I double it.  This is a good idea if you want to serve it on rice, as I do.  I also use chicken tenders, instead of breasts, which is even faster!

Do yourself a favor and take the jam out of the fridge before you even begin, even in the morning.  It’ll melt more quickly.  Even better, measure it into a one cup liquid measure, cover with a paper towel, and nuke it for a minute or so.

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients for Apricot Balsamic Chicken1 Tablespoon canola or light olive oil

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1 pound chicken breasts, skinless and boneless (dry off!)

1/3 cup apricot jam

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

It’s a good idea to pound the thicker part of the chicken breasts so that they are an even thickness.

Heat your oven to 200°.

Heat a skillet to medium high, then add the oil.

Sprinkle thyme and ¼ teaspoon of salt over the chicken.  Sauté in hot oil 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.  Remove chicken from pan; cover with foil or keep warm in a 200° oven.

Reduce heat to medium.  Add ¼ teaspoon salt, jam, vinegar and pepper to pan, stirring constantly until jam melts.

Apricot Balsamic Chicken

Spoon over chicken and serve immediately. Or just return the cooked chicken to the pan (along with juices) and stir to coat.

Enjoy!

Vicky

 

 

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