Spiced Chicken Breasts with Dried Apricots Recipe

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Alicia Published: March 30, 2021 Modified: June 17, 2021
Spiced Chicken Breasts with Dried Apricots Recipe

How To Make Spiced Chicken Breasts with Dried Apricots

These chicken breasts are covered with ground almonds and spices, then baked together with apricots for a sweet and savory dinner dish.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • ¾cupdried apricots
  • cupswater
  • ½cupalmonds,sliced
  • 1cupsesame seeds
  • 2tbspground cumin
  • 2tbspground coriander
  • 2tbsppaprika
  • 2tbspdried oregano
  • salt
  • ¼cupolive oil
  • 2tbsplemon juice
  • lbsbone-in chicken breasts


  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the apricots and water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and then simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Toast the almonds and sesame seeds in the oven for about 2 minutes until just beginning to brown.

  4. Transfer ⅓ cup of the almonds and ¼ cup of the sesame seeds to a blender; pulverize with the cumin, coriander, paprika, oregano, and ½ teaspoon salt.

  5. Put the mixture in a small bowl; stir in the oil and lemon juice to make a paste. Stir half of the paste into the apricots and water.

  6. Put the chicken breasts in a small roasting pan, skin-side up, and coat with the remaining paste.

  7. Pour the apricot mixture around the chicken.

  8. Cook in the lower third of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until done. If the chicken seems to be browning too quickly, cover the pan with aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

  9. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Spoon the fat from the pan.

  10. Serve the chicken topped with apricots and any pan juices.

  11. Sprinkle the remaining almonds and sesame seeds overall.


  • Calories: 960.65kcal
  • Fat: 65.66g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.01g
  • Trans Fat: 0.27g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 32.84g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 16.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.66g
  • Fiber: 11.47g
  • Sugar: 14.58g
  • Protein: 65.67g
  • Cholesterol: 163.29mg
  • Sodium: 1055.29mg
  • Calcium: 521.75mg
  • Potassium: 1333.97mg
  • Iron: 12.20mg
  • Vitamin A: 192.05µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.02mg
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