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Sweet-and-Sour Chicken-Apricot Skewers

Notes: Serve with hot cooked couscous and a spinach salad with currants and toasted pine nuts.

Sunset JANUARY 2001

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 lemons (5 oz. each)
  • 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast halves
  • About 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • Salt and pepper


1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat jam in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until melted, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir in soy sauce, basil, and cayenne.

2. Rinse lemons and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Discard ends and any seeds.

3. Rinse chicken and pat dry; cut into 1-inch pieces.

4. Thread 2 pieces of chicken onto an 8- to 10-inch-long skewer. Fold 1 lemon slice around 1 dried apricot and thread onto skewer through both sides of lemon slice. Repeat to fill 4 skewers equally. Set skewers on a rack in a foil-lined 10- by 13-inch broiler pan. Brush jam mixture generously all over chicken and fruit.

5. Broil about 4 inches from heat, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 8 to 10 minutes total. If desired, set pan over high heat, add any remaining jam mixture, and stir, scraping up browned bits, until boiling; pour into a small bowl and serve with meat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 279
  • Calories from fat: 5.7%
  • Protein: 28g
  • Fat: 1.8g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 44g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sodium: 479mg
  • Cholesterol: 66mg

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