Easy Apricot Chicken in a Pan Recipe

  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 12 dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Bring the rice and 3 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cover; simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Once the oil is hot, stir in the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the onions, and cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes more. Pour in the chicken stock, dried apricots, and apricot preserves.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water, and stir into the simmering chicken mixture. Cook until the sauce has thickened and cleared, about 1 minute. Serve the apricot chicken over rice.