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Sauteed Chicken Breasts With Apricots Bourbon And Pecans

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Ingredients
  Chicken breast halves 4 , skinned
  Dried apricots 1⁄2 Pound
  Bourbon 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Chicken stock 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 1 Teaspoon
  Safflower oil 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper To Taste
  Shallot 1 , finely chopped
  Tomato paste 1 Teaspoon
  Mustard 2 Teaspoon
  Pecans 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), toasted
  Scallion 1 , cut into 2-inch-long pieces and thinly sliced
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Mix the apricots with the bourbon and 1/4 cup of the stock and marinate for eight hours or overnight. Else heat bourbon and 1/4 cup of the stock and bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and immerse the apricots in the liquid for about 10 minutes till they become soft.

MAKING
2) In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat and stir fry one side of chicken breasts for about four minutes until lightly colored.
3) Toss them over, season with salt and pepper and sauté for four minutes on the second side.
4) Save the bourbon and stock from the apricots after draining and pour 1/2 cup over the chicken.
5) Reduce the heat to low after adding remaining 1/2 cup of stock and cook for about five minutes until the chicken feels firm but soft to touch.
6) Take a plate and transfer the chicken to it covering with aluminum foil to keep it warm.
7) To the skillet, add apricots and shallot and cook for two minutes.
8) Add in the tomato paste and mustard, stirring occasionally and allow the sauce mixture to simmer for three minutes.

FINALIZING
9) Put the breasts back to the skillet and heat them for a minute or two.
10) Take a warmed serving platter and arrange the chicken and the apricots on it.

SERVING
11) Pour the sauce over the chicken, add the pecans and scallion and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Saute
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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