Straightforward coconut rice topped with saucy shredded apricot rooster and garnished with a fast cucumber salad and creamy avocado. This wholesome and scrumptious dinner will be prepared in 30 minutes or much less!

Overhead image of the apricot chicken in a bowl with rice, avocado, and cucumbers

Apricot Hen

I like saucy rooster dishes (like sweet and sour chicken or orange rooster), however typically these meals are loaded with sugar, unhealthy oils, or different elements I don’t love utilizing for a wholesome weeknight meal (they’re for the weekend ;)). This apricot rooster is my reply to these issues — the rooster isn’t fried, the sauce isn’t loaded with sugar, and we’re solely utilizing the slightest quantity of a wholesome oil — olive oil. We’ve acquired wholesome toppings (a fast cucumber salad + a creamy sliced avocado) and a cool coconut rice as the bottom which additional provides healthful elements to the plate.

The most effective a part of this dish although? We’re not sacrificing any flavors or textures to convey this healthified model of apricot rooster to your desk. The sauce is loaded with taste and the toppings add a lot texture and stability to the dish. I hope you’re keen on this apricot rooster, it’s actually one in all my new favourite recipes!

Image of the cucumbers that are served with this apricot chicken recipe

There are a number of methods to arrange the rooster for this apricot rooster dinner. I extremely advocate utilizing a rotisserie rooster or grilling the rooster for finest taste, however I’ll break down all of the choices under.

Hen cooking choices

Cooking occasions will fluctuate relying on many components so I at all times advocate utilizing a meat thermometer to check your rooster because it cooks. Goal to hit precisely 160 levels Fahrenheit (carryover warmth will take rooster from 160 to 165). (Undercooked = unsafe; Overcooked = dry rooster). 

  • (Quickest possibility): seize a rotisserie rooster from the shop (plain seasoned; not lemon herb) and shred it for this recipe
  • Grill: drizzle boneless skinless rooster breasts (or thighs) with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill at 450 levels F for 4-5 minutes per aspect or till rooster registers 165 levels F. Thinly slice or shred.
  • Bake: Preheat oven to 425 levels F.  Place rooster on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for roughly 18 minutes, flipping the rooster midway. Take away from the oven, and loosely cowl sheet pan with foil.  Let the rooster relaxation for 5-10 minutes. Thinly slice or shred.
  • Saute: Warmth 1 tablespoon oil in a sauté pan over medium-high warmth.  Add rooster breast and prepare dinner for 4-6 minutes per aspect till the rooster is cooked by way of and the juices run clear. Switch the rooster to a clear plate, and loosely cowl with foil. Let the rooster relaxation for 5-10 minutes. Thinly slice or shred.

Image of the chicken cut up for this apricot glazed chickenCoconut rice

We love how the apricot rooster pairs with coconut rice, and it couldn’t be simpler to make!

Seize 1 can of coconut milk — both full fats or lite (full fats will yield creamier rice) and also you’ll add it to the raw rice then prepare dinner.

Canned coconut milk is usually within the Asian part of the grocery retailer. When including within the coconut milk, be sure to scrape out the whole lot within the can with a spatula; typically the cream tends to stay on the edges.

Don’t overlook to season the coconut rice with some salt! I add a bit of at first and at all times style and regulate on the finish.

Image of the apricot sauce that goes on the chicken

Apricot rooster sauce

The apricot glaze that coats the rooster couldn’t be simpler to make! It’s additionally comparatively wholesome with out tons of added sugars.

  • We begin with sauteing ginger and garlic in olive oil. It’s vital to make use of recent ginger and recent garlic as a result of they’re the bottom flavorings for this sauce. Additionally pre-minced or jarred garlic/ginger will possible burn (they’re too finely minced for the excessive heats) so I like to recommend mincing each freshly.
  • Pink pepper flakes are available subsequent and if you happen to’re frightened about warmth, be happy to cut back and even omit solely. On the flip aspect, improve if you happen to like your apricot rooster spicy!
  • Subsequent we add in soy sauce, rice vinegar, and peach preserves. Use a great high quality peach preserves for the very best flavored sauce. (My private favourite is Bonne Mamans; not sponsored). You probably have do-it-yourself, all the higher! 🙂
  • As soon as the sauce is diminished, you’ll add in a cornstarch slurry to thicken up the sauce till you get the liquid gold proven above. SO good!

Toss the rooster within the sauce till properly coated and it’s able to go on high of the scrumptious coconut rice! 

Image of the chicken in the apricot sauce for this apricot chicken breast

Apricot rooster toppings

As soon as the rooster is good and saucy and the rice is piping scorching, it’s able to plate up! Beneath I’m additionally sharing a fast cucumber salad recipe that basically brings collectively this dish. I extremely advocate serving it alongside/on high the apricot rooster. It’s a straightforward mix of persian cucumbers (if you happen to can’t discover persian, use English!), olive oil, rice vinegar, and salt + pepper. (P.S. the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper are already used within the sauce so we’re twin purposing!)

The final ingredient that completely finishes the whole lot off is a ripe avocado. It provides the proper creamy component and taste to this meal.

You can additionally end this apricot rooster with some recent herbs or sesame seeds if desired.

As with all recipes, don’t overlook to style and regulate the seasonings (salt and pepper). I like utilizing high-quality sea salt and freshly cracked pepper — good salt/pepper make such an enormous distinction!

Up close image of the apricot chicken with avocado and cucumbers on the side on a bed of rice

Less difficult rooster dinners:

Apricot Hen

Coconut rice topped with saucy apricot rooster items and garnished with a fast cucumber salad and creamy avocado. This wholesome and scrumptious dinner will be prepared in 30 minutes or much less!

Course:

Dinner

Delicacies:

Wholesome

Key phrase:

apricot rooster

Servings: 2 servings

Energy: 520 kcal

Components

  • 3/4
    cup
    basmati rice
  • 1
    can (13.5 ounces)
    LITE coconut milk
  • Tremendous sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1
    pound
    boneless skinless rooster breasts OR 1 and half cups ready rotisserie rooster
    (Word 1)
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons
    olive oil,
    separated
  • 1
    tablespoon
    freshly minced garlic
    (~Three cloves)
  • 1
    tablespoon
    freshly minced ginger
    (~1 inch piece)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    apricot preserves
  • 4
    tablespoons
    rice wine vinegar,
    separated
  • 1
    tablespoon
    lite soy sauce
  • 1/Four to half
    teaspoon
    crimson pepper flakes
    (add to warmth desire)
  • 1
    tablespoon
    cornstarch + half cup water (or rooster broth/inventory)
  • 1
    teaspoon
    white sugar
  • 2
    Persian cucumbers
    (or sub 1 English cucumber)
  • 1
    giant
    ripe avocado

Directions

  1. RICE: In a small pot mix: rice, total can of coconut milk, and 1/Four teaspoon salt and convey to a boil over excessive warmth. Cut back warmth to low, cowl, and simmer till milk is absolutely evaporated, 10-15 minutes. Take away from warmth and let the rice stand (nonetheless coated) for 10 minutes or till the whole lot else is able to eat. Fluff rice with a fork.

  2. CUCUMBERS: In the meantime, slice cucumbers into 1/4th inch thick slices. In a medium bowl, whisk collectively 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar (reserve relaxation for later), 1 tablespoon olive oil (reserve relaxation for later), salt and pepper (I take advantage of 1/Four teaspoon every of salt and pepper). Add cucumbers and toss to coat; put aside. (Toss once more earlier than serving)

  3. CHICKEN: See Word 1; if utilizing rotisserie rooster, merely shred or minimize the rooster off. If grilling, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high warmth (about 400-450 levels F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Halve the rooster breast(s) in half horizontally and pound the items to even thickness (don’t need the rooster tremendous flat, simply even so it’ll prepare dinner evenly). Drizzle both sides generously with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Flip items over and repeat — oil, salt, pepper, seasoning. Place the ready rooster on the grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes, flipping as soon as in between midway, or till rooster juices run clear and inside temperature is at 160 to 165 levels F. (160 levels will carry over warmth to get to 165 levels F). Tent rooster with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Thinly slice or shred.

  4. SAUCE: Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium pan over medium warmth. When oil is shimmering, add ginger, garlic, and crimson pepper flakes (add flakes to warmth desire). Saute, stirring, till aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add apricot preserves, soy sauce, and remaining Three tablespoons + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar. Convey to a boil over excessive warmth, then cut back warmth to medium and prepare dinner till diminished by half, about 2-Three minutes. In a separate small bowl, whisk collectively the 1 tablespoon cornstarch with half cup water till clean. Regularly add the cornstarch combination to the pan whereas whisking continually till mixed. Prepare dinner, persevering with to whisk, till sauce has thickened about 2 extra minutes. Take away pan from warmth and stir in salt and pepper to style (I add in half teaspoon salt and 1/Four teaspoon pepper). Add in sugar if desired. Toss shredded/thinly sliced rooster in sauce till properly coated.

  5. ASSEMBLE: Divide coconut rice between plates/bowls. High with sauced rooster, then cucumbers, and lastly avocado (take away pores and skin/pit and really thinly slice or cube). Drizzle over any remaining apricot sauce from pan. Get pleasure from whereas scorching!

Recipe Notes

Word 1: There are a number of methods to arrange the rooster for this meal. I extremely advocate utilizing a rotisserie rooster or grilling the rooster for finest taste, however see blogpost for find out how to saute or bake the rooster for this meal.

Nutrition facts in apricot chicken