Apricot Glazed Crunchy Baked Chicken

by HEAB on March 24, 2010

The Mission:

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Ingredients:

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1/4 cup apricot fruit spread

2 TBSP soy sauce (make sure to use gluten-free soy sauce or substitute Braggs Liquid Aminos for a gluten free marinade)

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 chicken breasts

1 serving Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs (my pretzels of choice)

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine first 4 ingredients.
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  • Toss chicken breasts in your apricot sauce and allow to marinate in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
  • To bake, pre-heat oven to 350° and place chicken in a greased glass baking dish. Pour marinade over chicken. Place pretzels in a food processor or blender and pulse until well crushed. Top chicken with crushed pretzels and bake for 1 hour or until cooked through.

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Along side our apricot glazed crunchy chicken, I served kale sauteed in ghee, salt, and pepper. It was a delicious dinner!

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Many thanks to Mae for creating The Cook’s Mission. It was fun to come up with a new dish based on ingredients I don’t normally use.

The winner of the Celestial Seasonings Wellness Kit is…

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Congrats Emily Elizabeth! Please email me with your info.

Happy Wednesday my friends. Time to light the peppermint oil burner for my next client. :)

{ 51 comments }

Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I’m not a meat eater but you did a fantabulous job on your “Cook’s Mission” – yay!! 😀

Kate March 26, 2010 at 8:16 am

Looks delicious! I was stopping by to chime in since I LOVE all things minty, but the comments were closed (probably due to the giveaway). If you’ve never tried it, Celestial Seasons makes a holiday tea called Candy Cane Lane that is delicious too…my all time fave mint tea is Stash Tea’s peppermint tea.

CaSaundra March 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

Love the creativity with this–you did a fab job! :-) Yum!

Kristina March 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

WOw! That pretzel-y apricot chicken looks and sounds delicious!!!! odd..yess…but magnetic!!

Samantha March 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Oh my! We’ll be making this very very soon! I’d say this weekend but tonight is full of bottle rocket making and science fair projects (I see us consuming massive amounts of jello + fruit!) and tomorrow we’re camping. Sunday maybe? Sounds like the perfect sunday meal.

I thought I commented on the peppermint post but it didn’t show and I just have to chime in and say how I love anything mint so. It’s wonderful, refreshing…so good in anything! Gina’s apricot mint dolmas was my lunch twice last week…AMAZING!

janetha March 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

delish!!!

justine March 25, 2010 at 8:38 am

Yum Heabbie!! Look delish :)~

<3 Justine

fitandfortysomething March 25, 2010 at 7:18 am

great chicken recipe….i am not a big fan of chicken but that looks good :)

Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

That looks amazing!! I just had dinner and now I want yours!

candicemccoy March 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

The recipe looks amazing HEAB! I will totally have to make this for my husband (I’m vegan). Chicken is like it’s own food group to him, so I know he’d love this!

healthyexposures March 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

This looks amaaazinggg. I’m totally loving this challenge and it’s only the first week!!

Denise Therese March 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

That looks absolutely scrumptuous! Being on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (see my blog), I’m always on the lookout for new recipes I can adapt to my needs. This is definitely a candidate!

Jenn March 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I think I’ve ate my body weight in pretzels more than once. 😉

Looks really good. I make something that looks similar but I use walnuts instead of pretzels. I’m sure the pretzels are less calories.

Naomi(onefitfoodie) March 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

sending this recipe to myself right now! what a DEISH combo of flavors I love apricots and pretezels and the idea of crusting chicken with it sounds SO good!!!

annecalista March 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

That looks amazing! I want to try that marinade. And i never would have thought to put pretzels on a fish!

The Fit Collegiate March 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I LOVE apricot chicken…I’ll have to try that recipe (this summer)!

Pure2Raw twins March 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Kale and ghee sounds yummy! The chicken is something my BF would love :)

Erica March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Very cool! Salty & sweet perfection. I wonder if this would be good with blackberry flavoring (Josh’s favorite)!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Erica, I bet it would. :)

Carbzilla March 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I did not know that Mary made “stick snacks.” Excellent! That dish looks yummy!

Janet (Pantry Bites) March 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m not a huge chicken fan but peanut butter and chicken with corn flakes also works really well as a coating.

Rose March 24, 2010 at 11:50 am

Great idea!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heathee March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

Great idea using the pretzels for crunch action!

eatmovelove March 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

YUM. Love chicken in marinades or sauces.

And, GAHHHHH I want a massage so bad …smelling oils and listening to soft Enya or something…bliss.

theemptynutjar March 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

add something bready to that and it sounds good. i think i might have seen those pretzels…i might give them a try some time.

ilanalala March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

Ahaha Pretzels as breading – I love it! I will definitely do this!

From Party To Hearty March 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

Oh I love apricot chicken! Great choice! That cooks mission thing was a really good idea

Ameena March 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

What a great chicken topping…I have some crackers that would be perfect for this and a husband that needs a different kind of chicken for dinner!

Katherine: What About Summer? March 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

I L-O-V-E stick and twigs! What a great idea for a recipe. Your giveaways go so fast! I’ve missed the last two; clearly I need to keep a heads up for the next one!
Katherine

Katie March 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

YUM!!! I was actually thinking about doing something similar for the cook’s challenge, but you beat me to it. Grinding gears in my head just came to a screeching halt. Great idea with the twigs n sticks too!

homecookedem March 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

Aw, Emily Elizabeth won! That’s the little girl’s name in the Clifford series! :) That recipe looks great! And GF!! :)

Heather (Heather's Dish) March 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

oh, yum! i love that idea…and definitely something i can use once meat makes its debut into my life again!

peanutbutterfingers March 24, 2010 at 10:01 am

hooooooly deliciousness! this recipe looks phenomenal. i <3 creative chicken recipes b/c it can get so boring!

Anna March 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

Salty and sweet…nom nom nom!!!

Sophie @ yumventures March 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

I agree, the salty and sweet must be amazing! YUM!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

I would never think to put pretzels on chicken. Interesting idea. I bet the saltiness of the pretzels adds to the tastiness.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

That looks so good! Love the crunchy glaze idea!

brandi March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

I love apricots with mustard. I did some stuff pork chops one time with a mix of canned apricots, dijon, and whole grain mustard that was awesome.

claire March 24, 2010 at 9:49 am

Thank you for the recipe!!I hope I can find those crackers:-)cc

Justine March 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

I am loving the darker greens right now!
Kale is in my lunch for today- I can hardly wait.
:)

Beth March 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

WOW! I never thought to use pretzels but that sounds awesome! I might try it with tofu!

Jenny March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

I need to find something to glaze (vegetarian) because that topping looks AWESOME. I love that you sauteed the kale, as well. I was a diehard sauteed spinach fan, but lately i’ve been really into kale, which I used to only use in soups- how boring! One of the perks of being a food blogger has got to be all the new food ideas!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

Jenny, I think the glaze would be excellent on roasted tempeh!

Mae March 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

Heather, this looks so great!!! I love Mary’s sticks and twigs- I know I would love this. :-) The sweet and salty from the apricot/pretzel is perfect. Yours will be up on Friday!!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

Back in my free-love carb loving days, pretzels were my go-to snack- I adore them. What a great idea to use them as a breading!! NOM~!

Kelly March 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

Holy crap…that looks amazing! That is the best chicken recipe I have seen in a LONG time! Save! Save! Save!

Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

That chicken looks absolutely delicious! My hubby would love it. I love crunchy toppings.

Ana March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

I really like your idea Heather, apricot glazed chicken is so good!
I was trying to come up with something sweet for the chalenge, not sure if it will work or not though.
Glad to see a review on those sticks, I saw them on wf’s last week and almost got it. Maybe I should try them, I love everything with flaxeeds in it! :o) Does it tastes similar to the crackers? (kinda of “soy-saucy”?)
Ana

Oh, I guess you meant to list the pretzel at the end of your ingredients, right? According to your instructions they would be added with the other first 4 ingredients to the sauce…!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

Yes, thanks Ana. Don’t know where my mind was when I was posting the recipe this morning. Just fixed the ingredient list. The Mary’s twigs are great – love the crunch, but I don’t think they are as “soy-saucy” as her crackers.

Chocolate-Covered Katie March 24, 2010 at 8:24 am

Silly HEAB, it’s already Wednesday.. isn’t it? Wait, now I’m mixed up! Look what you did to me! :)
Happy day, whatever it is!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

Hehe – oops. Thanks Katie and a happy WEDNESDAY to you. :)

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