Apricot Dijon Chicken is a quick dinner you can prepare in just 10 minutes. Tender and juicy with a yummy mixture of mustard and apricot jam. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Searching for tender healthy chicken breasts that take no time at all? Look no further. We have a fabulous Ten-Minute Tuesday recipe that took so little time that we didn’t even time it. No complicated recipe, no chopping, just mix the sauce add chicken and bake. I have to say, I’m surprised I even liked this recipe. While I love apricots, I really am not a fan of mustard and use it in small doses. I used a Grey Poupon Country Dijon which is a whole grain mustard that is not too robust and has some texture to it for the sauce in this recipe.
What is the difference between mustards:
Not quite sure which mustard to use? It all depends on your taste, but here is a quick guideline. A Dijon will have a medium spicy taste and is great for salad dressings, while a spicy brown mustard will pack a bit more punch and works well on a pastrami sandwich where it can stand up to the meat. For a mild flavor, go with the traditional yellow mustard and for something in between, try a whole grain. For a great guideline on mustards, check out this post from Serious Eats.
You can adjust the recipe based on the amount of chicken you have, just use an equal amount of jam and mustard. I used a good quality jam with large chunks of apricots, like St. Dalfour Apricot Conserves. It is equally good with Peach Vanilla Jam or Bonne Maman Peach Preserves. What I like about all three of these jams is that they are mostly fruit and low in sugar. The chicken breasts were pretty thick so I tested them at 12 minutes with a meat thermometer. When it read 160º I took them out and covered them with foil for a good 5 minutes. They were so tender and juicy and the sauce was delicious over rice. I added some thighs with the breasts and they were equally wonderful. If you have time, you can make the chicken even more tender by marinating them in buttermilk either overnight or at least for 30 minutes.
If you need to make something quick and still want a healthy meal, you will love this recipe. Need some ideas for some other quick chicken dinner meals, give these a try:
Adapted from The Yellow Table
- ½ cup whole grain dijon mustard
- ½ cup apricot jam
- 1 ½ lbs chicken breasts/thighs bonelss and skinless
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 425º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- Whisk together the mustard and jam in a large bowl. Add chicken pieces and stir to coat the chicken. Add salt and pepper.
- Pour chicken mixture into prepared pan and drizzle with olive oil. Scatter thyme sprigs on top. Bake until thermometer reads 160º to 165º, about 12 minutes for thighs and 15 for thicker breasts. Cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.