Chicken Tenders with Apricots and Sautéed Spinach

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
This dish brings out the delicious fruity flavors of apricots-- in summertime, try substituting fresh peaches as well.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, 3 apricot halves, and about 1/3 cup spinach)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 432
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fat 8.8 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 46.2 g
Carbohydrate 41.8 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Iron 4.6 mg
Sodium 819 mg
Calcium 131 mg

Ingredients

5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1 (16-ounce) can apricot halves in light syrup, undrained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach

Preparation

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place chicken and breadcrumbs in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and shake to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done.

Drain apricots in a colander over a bowl; reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Add apricot halves and 1/2 cup reserved liquid to pan; cover and cook 3 minutes or until the chicken is done. Remove chicken mixture from pan; keep warm.

Wipe pan with a paper towel. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and spinach; cook 3 minutes or until the spinach is slightly wilted. Serve spinach with chicken and apricots.

Tip: Serve over couscous or rice.

Note:

Barbara Seelig Brown,

March 2004