Apricot Preserves/Picante Sauce Chicken

Apricot Preserves/Picante Sauce Chicken

I thought it would be fun to share a family favorite recipe with you for a change!

Apricot Preserves/Picante Sauce Chicken

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 I found this recipe eons ago, in a Cooking Light Magazine, when we lived in Germany with two small kids!  I’ve been asked to make it ever since….

……and my babies ain’t babies anymore!! :)

I’m not a gourmet cook by any means……

Trust Me!! 

But, I do have a “stash” of family favorites and “go to” meals that have sustained me all these years!!

I am a ‘quick to get it done’ type of cook.

The fewer ingredients the better in my book!!

This baby has 5 ingredients and is super, duper quick!!!!

Pace Picante Sauce (mild), Smucker’s Apricot Preserves, Taco Seasoning,

Jasmine Rice (or pasta)

and……..

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 ……..chicken (or turkey)!

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I generally figure one chicken breast per person and then I add one or two more, depending on the size of the breasts.

Early in the day (although I have done this last-minute and it still turns out fab!), cut up your chicken into bite size cubes and place it in a zip loc bag. Add your taco seasoning!

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The original recipe called for one packet of taco seasoning mix but my family likes things a little spicy, so, I add two.

Pop that baggie in the fridge and forget about it til suppa time! :)

I try to “squish” the baggie every half hour or so to be sure the seasoning is distributed over all the chicken but, again, this recipe is fool-proof so if you forget…

don’t worry about it! :)

Once you’re ready to prepare supper, pour a little EVOO in a pan…..get it hot…..and add your chicken!

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Saute  over medium heat til chicken is almost done and add your full jar of picante sauce and full jar of apricot preserves!

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Mix together and let simmer, stirring occasionally.

This is when I put my rice on to cook and by the time the rice is done…..so is the chicken! (approx. 20 minutes)

To plate this masterpiece, I usually place the rice on a plate and add a dollop of real butter.  Pour the chicken over the top with a little extra sauce to absorb into the rice!

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A little spicy, a little sweet and tangy……..

HEAVEN!!

You can serve this with a nice side salad or fresh fruit!

APRICOT PRESERVES/PICANTE SAUCE CHICKEN

1 16 oz. jar Pace Picante Sauce-Mild

1 18 oz. jar Smucker’s Apricot Preserves

1-2 packets of taco seasoning

Chicken (1 breast per person plus 1-2 extra for good measure)

Jasmine Rice or Pasta

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Let me know what you think!!  I love hearing from you!!!

Bon Appetite!!

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Linking to:  Our Home Away From Home; A Pinch of Joy

Comments

  1. My mouth is watering! I’m going to pin this recipe…and possibly try it this week.

    And real butter is the only way to go!!

  2. I am going to make this recipe!…We love apricots and picante and together what an amazing flavor!!…thanks so much…and have a great day!

  3. Angela, this sounds like my style of cooking…aka EASY! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I am going to try this and will let you know how we like it.Have a great day !!!!and thanks

  5. I have a recipe that also calls for apricot preserves with chicken and it’s delish! I’m sure this recipe is awesome too! Thanks for sharing Angela. I love learning about new recipes and this one sounds like a keeper.

  6. These sound like my kind of flavors. I just bought some peach/mango salsa at Costco and I’m thinking that would work, too.

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