Mediterranean apricot chicken bake

Apricot chicken bake

Mediterranean apricot chicken bake

As a rule I always try to encourage my friends to eat more fruits with their meat. How have people not yet released that the combination of sweet and savory is literally the best? Sweet potatoes are great. Tomatoes are excellent. Sweet vegetables get a lot of praise when used in savory dishes. So why not fruit? Well, if you’re new to the idea, look no further for your first recipe – this Mediterranean apricot chicken bake is just what you need to get hooked.

That being said, I don’t often cook with apricots. It’s not a fruit commonly found in Norway since they don’t grow there. And I have to admit that I didn’t even plan on making this recipe. I actually bought some apricots for something completely different, and happened to have a few spare. I also had feta cheese, chicken and tomatoes, as they are staples in our household. One day when I was in bed browsing food blogs, which by the way is completely normal, I came across a recipe for a chicken bake with peaches, and I immediately thought of those two apricots in my fruit bowl that deserved a final destination (in my tummy). Peaches and apricots are quite similar after all. It was meant to be. And I am so incredibly happy with the result!

What do you need to make a great apricot chicken bake?

  • Chicken fillets
  • Apricots
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Feta cheese

You also need 30 minutes of time, an oven dish, a frying pan and preferably some dried herbs like basil or thyme. I would also recommend having a side dish, as one chicken fillet with a few tomatoes and a little apricot won’t keep you full for very long. Stay away from the evening snacks by adding satiating sides to your meals!

Mediterranean apricot chicken bakeWhat side dishes go well with chicken?

Chicken is incredibly versatile, and goes so well with a number of side dishes. Try it with some rice, couscous, or a quinoa salad. I served my apricot chicken bake with a green spinach salad and this lemon pepper vinaigrette for a lighter option, and it was delicious!

Mediterranean apricot chicken bake

Delicious and super easy Mediterranean apricot chicken bake. This easy dinner is made in less than 30 minutes, and is a healthy take on baked chicken!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time25 mins
4.75 from 4 votes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: apricot, chicken, feta cheese, tomato
Servings: 2
Calories: 157kcal
Cost: Cheap

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken fillets
  • 10 cherry or plum tomatoes
  • 2 apricots
  • 20 g feta cheese
  • dried basil
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 200°C
  • Season the chicken fillets with basil, salt and pepper
  • Fry the chicken in a pan on high heat for 2 minutes on each side until the outside is brown
  • In a baking dish, add the chicken fillets, halved cherry tomatoes, and apricots cut in wedges
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and apricots are softened
  • Crumble feta cheese over the top and serve

Notes

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you use frozen chicken, defrost thoroughly before you start cooking. 

Try other ingredients

You can try adding other vegetables to this dish if you want to change it up. I suggest adding olives, courgettes, red onion or plums!
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10 Comments
  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 18:11h, 18 August Reply

    5 stars
    This is perfect timing! I bought some apricots too, my first time ever buying fresh apricots and I had no idea what to do with them! This looks so delicious!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:13h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you! It’s honestly so tasty, I might make it again later this week.. Why not!

  • Jeannette
    Posted at 18:20h, 18 August Reply

    5 stars
    Wow! I’ve never tried apricot with chicken before but this recipe looks too good to pass! Thanks for sharing, Tonje!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:24h, 18 August Reply

      Never had I Jeannette, but it’s really nice and absolutely worth a try! Let me know what you think!

  • Gari
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 August Reply

    4 stars
    This is so colorful and pretty 😋😋

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:43h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you! Eat the rainbow 🙂

  • Danielle
    Posted at 19:58h, 18 August Reply

    5 stars
    I agree – there is nothing better than sweet & savory variations, such as this bake. Love the concept the and how the result looks – can’t wait to recreate it!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:43h, 19 August Reply

      Let me know how it turns out!

  • Neha
    Posted at 21:26h, 18 August Reply

    Wow I never baked chicken with apricots before and this recipe sounds so easy and fantastic! I am trying it out soon!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:42h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you! I’m certain you will love it, it was a massive success at my house!

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