Grilled Chicken with Tomato & Apricot Confit
Making confit--a jamlike reduction of fruits or vegetables--usually involves hours of cooking and stirring. Not so with this delicious mixture of fresh tomatoes, dried apricots and raisins, flavored with hot and sweet spices. Only 30 minutes of cooking, most of it unattended, is required: a very small investment for such a flavorful return.
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots (about 5 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 pound total)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced unblanched almonds, toasted

1. Place apricots and raisins in heatproof medium bowl and add boiling water. Let stand for five minutes or until dried fruit has plumped and is tender. Drain and return to bowl.

2. Stir in tomatoes, scallions, orange juice concentrate, honey, chili pepper, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and half the allspice. Cover and let tomato-apricot confit stand at least 20 minutes at room temperature.

3. Preheat broiler and broiler pan.

4. Season chicken on both sides with remaining allspice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place skinned-side down on broiler pan rack and broil 3 to 4 inches from heat about five minutes per side, or until cooked through.

5. Spread each piece of chicken with a heaping teaspoon of confit and broil one minute, or until chicken is glazed.

6. Transfer chicken to plates or a platter and brush with some of juices from confit. Sprinkle almonds on top. Serve chicken with confit on the side.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 350 calories, 4.1g total fat, 0.6g saturated fat, 1.8g monounsaturated fat, 0.9g polyunsaturated fat, 5.4g dietary fiber, 30g protein, 52g carbohydrate, 66mg cholesterol, 364mg sodium.
Good source of: beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin C.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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