Moelleux of Summer Fruits

This may or may not happen to you, but sometimes when I’m a guest in someone’s home, where everyone pitches in to make dinner, all eyes (or just the host’s eyes) fall on me to make dessert. Gulp. I happy to pitch in with the cooking or bringing along a few baked goodies for the weekend, but I’m not always prepared to bake on the…

This may or may not happen to you, but sometimes when I’m a guest in someone’s home, where everyone pitches in to make dinner, all eyes (or just the host’s eyes) fall on me to make dessert. Gulp. I happy to pitch in with the cooking or bringing along a few baked goodies for the weekend, but I’m not always prepared to bake on the spot.

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Sticky Apricot Chicken and Broccoli.

New favorite dinner alert! This apricot chicken is about to take things over the top. I’m not sure I can even explain how much I LOVE THIS DISH. Holy cow. It is the best chicken recipe I have made in quite a while. And you know! I’m always working on non-boring chicken recipes for dinner. […]

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New favorite dinner alert! This apricot chicken is about to take things over the top.

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

I’m not sure I can even explain how much I LOVE THIS DISH.

Holy cow. It is the best chicken recipe I have made in quite a while.

And you know! I’m always working on non-boring chicken recipes for dinner. The minute we fall into a dinner rut, especially when it involves chicken, I am over it. Instantly. 

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

But that will not happen here. Because this meal is divine. And I’m certain that you could use almost any flavor of jam and it will work. I mean, sure, I don’t know if I’d suggest strawberry, but it will still work.

You get it.

broccoli ready to roast

This meal comes together quickly too, especially for how wonderful it tastes. Yes you have to make the chicken and the sauce. But it tastes much fancier, like you threw a lot more time into it. The chicken is tender and juicy, the sauce is savory and sweet. Basically all the things I love in one dish.

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

So! I like to serve this with roasted broccoli. But you can do whatever you want to the broccoli! Steam it. Use a frozen steamer bag and make it in the microwave so you can just add it to the chicken. Whatever makes it easier for you. Heck, even use other veggies like snap peas or green beans or what you have on hand. What’s about to die in the fridge?

Use that!

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

And then! 

And then serve it with some brown jasmine rice. I could profess my love for jasmine rice over and over again. It’s just the best. Fragrant. Wonderful. Soaks up some of the sauce and if we’re being real, a few spoonfuls of sauce and rice are the best bites you will take. I might have stood over the skillet with the pot of rice and the extra sauce.

Oops. 

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

The apricot sauce is what makes this for me. It’s made with apricot jam, soy sauce, a touch of brown sugar and garlic. When added to the pan, the sauce gets even stickier, bubbly and just.so.good.

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

The chicken is already in its best state: golden and toasty brown from that coating of flour. Then you go and add the sauce on top and let it simmer…oh my word. It’s LOVELY.

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

The kids loved it. Eddie declared it some of the best chicken ever! I now want to make it every single day. Typical. 

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

Sticky Apricot Chicken and Broccoli

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Sticky Apricot Chicken and Broccoli

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 generously
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 3 to 4 cups)
  • olive oil for drizzling/spraying
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • ¾ cup apricot jam/preserves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish
  • brown jasmine rice, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly charred.
  • While the broccoli cooks, prep the chicken. Toss the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle the flour all over the chicken and toss well until it’s coated.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Add the chicken in a single layer. Cook until browned on each side, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  • Whisk together the jam, minced garlic, soy sauce and brown sugar until combined. Once the chicken is brown, pour the sauce in. Stir to coat all the chicken. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, so the sauce thickens more. Sprinkle with chives. You can toss the broccoli in with the sauce or serve it on the side. I love to serve this with brown jasmine rice!

This sticky apricot chicken is so juicy and delicious! The chicken is seared and glazed with a jammy apricot sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice!

Just look at that sticky sauce!

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Smoky Butternut Kale Salad with Goat Cheese and Apricot Vinaigrette.

I promise this is not another boring butternut squash kale salad! It may look a little underwhelming, but just wait until you taste it. THE FLAVOR. Oh my, the flavor is so good.  This is one of those salads where you will think about the flavor the next day and want to make it again. […]

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I promise this is not another boring butternut squash kale salad!

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

It may look a little underwhelming, but just wait until you taste it.

THE FLAVOR.

Oh my, the flavor is so good. 

roasted butternut squash

This is one of those salads where you will think about the flavor the next day and want to make it again. It’s true.

lacinato kale with goat cheese

And! 

This is one of those salads that is almost too easy. It can surely be a great side dish – I feel like I’m always searching for a new kale salad! Just made another one last night for the super bowl – as a side to all the snacks. It’s accompanies most meals and kale salads always hold up great if you have leftovers.

But it’s also hearty enough that if you’re not starving, like on a day that you had a big lunch or you’d just like something lighter for dinner? It works. It’s filling and satisfying thanks to the squash. The pepitas bring the crunch and the goat cheese is so dreamy and creamy!

apricot vinaigrette

The dressing though! Oh this dressing. I became obsessed with this idea of jam dressing, especially apricot dressing. Which is hilarious because it’s not like I’m a huge fan of apricots or anything. But!

I just LOVE this vinaigrette so much.

Grab some apricot preserves and you can have this year round. It’s slightly sweet but also tart and just adds so much depth of flavor to the salad. And of course, you can use any jam that you’d like! This is one of my tips in my next book and I just couldn’t wait to share. Got jam? You can have an exciting and unique vinaigrette then too. 

Woohoo!

roasted butternut squash

Aside from the roasting of the squash, the salad comes together quickly and without fuss. I used lacinato kale here but you can always use curly green kale. Make sure to massage the kale with the tiniest drop of olive oil – it helps to remove the bitterness from the greens. It also allows them to be chewy in a GOOD way – not chewy in a tough way. You know?

It’s an important step that you can’t forget!

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

All that’s left to add? The goat cheese and pepitas. Almost TOO easy, right? Sure, I could have added some dried fruit or a cucumber or an avocado. But I’ve really loved making these “base” recipes lately that allow me to enjoy great flavors AND possibly account for leftovers.

By that, I mean that this salad makes a great base. The flavors are not overly polarizing so you could add some leftover shrimp or chicken to this. You could even add a soft boiled egg or something like that for a little more ooomph. 

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

This salad is:

Crunchy

Chewy

Creamy

All the things!

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

These are just my favorite kinds of recipes! HELLO DINNER. 

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Butternut Squash Kale Salad

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash, (about 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 head lacinato/tuscan kale, (leaves torn from stems)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 ounces goat cheese, (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup roasted pepitas

apricot vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 garlic cloves, (finely minced or pressed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the squash on the sheet and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and chipotle pepper. Toss well. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the squash has started to caramelize.
  3. While the squash is roasting, chop the kale leaves. Place them in a large bowl and drizzle on 1 to 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale, massaging for a few minutes. Let the kale sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the kale and toss. Add on the crumbled goat cheese and the roasted pepitas. Add on the squash. Drizzle with the dressing and serve!

apricot vinaigrette

  1. In a bowl or jar, whisk together the vinegar, preserves, garlic, salt, pepper flakes and pepper. Stream in the olive oil while whisking until emulsified. Drizzle on the salad! This stays great in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

This butternut squash kale salad is so easy and delicious! Roasted, smoky butternut squash, goat cheese, pepitas and apricot vinaigrette.

In it for meatless monday!

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Cranberry Chutney

Have you ever gone away for a few weeks and found out that you’d left the freezer door ajar? Well, I did. And let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. Before traveling, since I’m anti-gaspillage (against food waste), I jammed whatever I could into my already-stuffed freezer, including a half-eaten tomato tart, which I thought would be nice to have ready-and-waiting upon my arrival home,…

Have you ever gone away for a few weeks and found out that you’d left the freezer door ajar? Well, I did. And let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty.

Before traveling, since I’m anti-gaspillage (against food waste), I jammed whatever I could into my already-stuffed freezer, including a half-eaten tomato tart, which I thought would be nice to have ready-and-waiting upon my arrival home, partially-used blocks of butter, and the miscellaneous leftover ends of bread that one collects when one constantly buys too much bread. When I returned, I realized that one of those bread pieces had been caught in the door and kept it from sealing closed.

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