Weeknights I try to keep things really simple. I am very busy during the week and after having worked as a chef for many years, I quite honestly don't want to spend all my days in the kitchen cooking. Simple, quick and easy works well for me . . . but simple, quick and easy doesn't mean that food has to be tasteless or even unhealthy. It is more than possible to cook a delicious meal without a lot of effort and from scratch.
That is why I tend to favour simple dishes like this Chicken with Apricots and Almonds that I am showing you here today. Quick and easy to make and very delicious, it is also quite healthy. With only 1 TBS of fat which is used to brown the onions and chicken meat and four servings that means the fat content is about 1/4th of a tablespoon, which is pretty good for something so delicious!
The whole thing cooks in one pot on top of the stove. Lovely flavours are included by using ginger, cinnamon and tumeric . . . so it has a bit of an Middle Eastern flare, but without going over the top.
The addition of dried apricots adds a nice natural sweetness, and helps to thicken the juices into a virtually fat free sauce, whilst the sprinkling of some flaked almonds on top just prior to serving adds a bit of nutty crunch. You can use the coriander or not as you wish. Some people are not very fond of coriander I know. Personally I don't really mind it.
All together this makes for a very delicious and simple supper. All you need with it is some steamed rice and a vegetable. I like broccoli, but you can have whatever vegetable floats your boat. I am sure you and your families will really love this so I hope that you will give it a go!
*Chicken with Almonds and Apricots*Serves 4
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste25g of sliced almonds (1/4 cup)
chopped fresh coriander to garnish (Cilantro, optional)
Steamed rice to serve