Apricot Stuffed Chicken

3 cloves garlic- minced
3 chicken breasts
1 cup chopped dried apricots
4 tbs. EVOO and 2 tbs. EVOO- separated
2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp salt- separated
2 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. pepper- separated
1 tbs. champagne vinegar
2 tsp. dried rosemary, oregano, thyme, and chili powder

Put oven on 325 degrees.
Clean the chicken from fat with a paring knife. FLatten chicken into slices that are able to roll. On med. heat put apricots, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, 2 tbs. EVOO, and tsp. of each spice. Let simmer for two minutes. Turn off heat and set aside. Rub the rest of spices including salt and pepper on one side of the chicken. On the other side, put 1/3 of the apricot mixture in the middle of each one. Roll tightly and put a toothpick in it to keep it sealed. Heat the same skillet on high and put the 4 tbs. EVOO in the pan. Let it heat up for 2 minutes. Place the chicken in the pan. Let it cook for 3 minutes on each side. Don't flip until the chicken is not sticking to the pan anymore. Spray a cooking sheet with non-stick spray. Place chicken on the pan and stick in oven for 30 minutes OR until the temperature of the chicken is 170. Let rest for
5-10 minutes. Cut into medallions and serve with hot sauce. This evens out the sweetness with spicy! Enjoy!!!! Thanks a lot! :-)

This is just a picture of the chicken while it was searing so its not fully cooked yet!


Tammy said…
Hello Cecilia... This is the very first one that I am going to try it looks so good... Keep up the good work.... Tammy
Sandy said…
Cecilia - another recipe I can't wait to try!

May I ask for your cooking advice? I am going to a cruise-themed party in early May, and I have offered to bring over an appetizer. I was thinking that shrimp skewers with a pineapple sauce or maybe shrimp and pineapple skewers (with some other sauce) are two possible ideas. Might you have any 'cruise-themes' apps that you have made / can recommend to me? Thanks! :)
Cecilia A. said…
Shrimp & pineapple screwers sound great, for the sauce i would do something a touch salty and maybe a kick of spice to balance off the sweetness of the pineapple and richness of the shrimp. I would try some sort of soy-sauce type of thing, but not so-so salty. I don't have any recipes or an appetizer I have tried but you could get lots of inspiration from food network; i always do that!!! Good luck!
Cecilia A. said…
hey!! while i was at school i was thinking about this recipe:

take french bread and cut it into slices. butter it and toast until golden brown. spread a layer of cream cheese down and add a few chunks of my salmon or just regular smoked salmon. add some fresh dill on top. i got this inspiration from when we made that salmon-herb omelet!! hope i helped and have fun...

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