Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr
Pulled this recipe from a cookbook about 15 years ago, but unfortunately don't recall the title of the book.
- 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 2⁄3 cup dried apricot, diced
- 1⁄2 cup apricot preserves
- 6 inches cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon cilantro leaf, dried
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground pepper
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 5 cups cooked brown rice, hot
- In hot oil, over medium heat, saute onion 3 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, apricots, apricot preserves, cinnamon, cilantro, ginger, salt & pepper.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat & simmer 20-30 minutes until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
- Keep salsa warm, & when ready to serve, discard cinnamon stick.
- Meantime, broil chicken 4"-6" from heat for 18-23 minutes, or until meat is fork tender & juices run clear, turning once, halfway through broiling.
- Meantime, also prepare rice.
- To serve, top rice with chicken breasts, then spoon salsa over chicken.
I often have plain grilled meat so finding great sauces/salsas is a must. This one is a keeper. I was worried about it being too sweet so I used a reduced sugar jam. I made 2 small changes... I read the recipe incorrectly and used ground coriander seeds (cilantro) rather than the dried leaf. The other was that I'd run out of cinnamon stick so I used 1tspn of ground. Also, I fried off the dried spices prior to adding the other ingredients so they wouldn't have that 'raw' taste. I found the spices to be well balanced and well matched to the other ingredients. I have left-overs which I think will go wonderfully well with grilled lamb. Thanks Mike. Made for Aus/NZ Make My Recipe #5
Made for Recipe Swap #19 Aus/NZ. This was delicious. I only had tomatoes w/jalapenos in it so that's what I used. The combination of the heat and sweet was very good. I also did not have cinnamon sticks (thought I did) so I used 1/2 teas. cinnamon. We did have leftover salsa and I can't wait to have it with tortilla chips. Thanks for posting this Mike!
This was indeed delicious and unusual...at least unusual for me. I think "Mexican" when I think "salsa", but instead of the heat, there was a divine sweetness, with dare I say, a Moroccan influence from the apricots and spices. The flavour will definitely be affected by the preserves you use...in my case, sweeter than we are used to on a diabetic diet, so next time I will add a squirt of lemon juice, but that will purely be for our personal preference, not a reflection on the dish. I used fresh cilantro which I added at the end (after serving a portion of the salsa to the "cilantro hating" family member) and I think it gave a fresh note, but if I had been able to find the dried leaf I would have added it earlier, as indicated.