Closet Cooking Logo

Apricot Chicken Curry

Apricot Chicken Curry

The farmers market was full of apricots and I wanted to do something with them. I remembered seeing a recipe for a Thai inspired apricot chicken a while ago and I liked the sound of using apricots in a savoury dish. I also really like the sound of using Thai flavours as I was itching to use some more of the red curry paste that I had just made. In addition to an apricot sauce I wanted nice chunks of apricots as well as the chicken to form the body of the curry. I was thinking that I would make a pretty standard Thai curry except that the coconut milk would be replaced by pureed apricots. Since I was already using apricots I thought that it would be nice to use some apricot preserves for the sweetener instead of the palm sugar. The apricot chicken curry came together quickly and easily and it was really good! The apricot sauce was a nice balance of sweet, salty, tart and spicy and it was so full of apricot goodness. I really enjoyed the fruit based curry sauce. I served the apricot chicken curry on some aromatic coconut jasmine rice.

Ingredients:
4 apricots (stoned and peeled)
1 tablespoon apricot preserves
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 lime (juice and zest)
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 pound chicken breast (cut into bit sized pieces)
6 apricots (stoned and peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
1 red chili (sliced)

Directions:
1. Puree the apricots, apricot preserves, fish sauce, lime juice and zest in a food processor.
2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the red curry paste and saute for a minute.
4. Add the chicken and the apricot sauce and simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 6-10 minutes.
5. Add the apricots and simmer for a minute.
6. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
7. Serve on coconut jasmine rice and garnish with sliced red chilies.

Similar Recipes:
Prawn and Pineapple Curry
Thai Mango Chicken
Penang Gai (Chicken Penang Curry)
Chipotle Chicken, Apricot and Brie Quesadillas

55 comments:

Poonam said...

Thats lovely! Summer fruit and colors of fall.

Gloria (Canela) said...

Look really good Kevin!! as always! Gloria

Mrs. L said...

Though I rarely eat them, I do like apricots. I have yet, I think, to ever cook with them! Must thing about that next time I'm at the farmers market and they are available.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Chicken and curry seems like a great combo!

www.chocolateshavings.ca

meeso said...

You are so creative with food! You certainly don't eat boring dishes anymore!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Apricot curry! Sounds exotic :)

maybelle's mom said...

yum. it is so colorful.

Sharon said...

That's quite an inventive dish! I had never heard of pairing apricots with curry but I like it.

Bridgett said...

Wow, apricot and curry...now that sounds yummy!

Amber said...

I have had dried apricots and curry in a cous cous salad before, but I never considered it hot with chicken. Nice idea.

Jan said...

I do an apricot beef stir fry that is excellent, but I had never thought of using them in curry. This looks super, Kevin.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I always put dried apricots in my chicken curry, but never even thought about using fresh.....what a great idea??Thanks Kevin

The Renouf Family said...

That's gorgeous and a great use of summer fruits. I made blueberry muffins this weekend too. Gotta get those last blueberries in.

Alexa said...

I love your playful curries Kevin. This one looks great.

Beachlover said...

what a creative idea using apricot for curry chicken!!

Helene said...

Yummy supper. I love curries. This is nice with the apricots.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous dish! What a flavorful combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What an interesting curry! Chicken and apricots go so well together. It looks delicious!

daphne said...

Sweet and spicy..that goes so well with rice!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I neve had apricots in a curry! You're so clever!

Sylvie said...

What a great colour the apricots add as well. Lovely dish, Kevin,

Pearlsofeast said...

I heard about apricot curry but never tried it,sounds great and looks Fantastic.

Kim said...

Kevin, just wonderful and I am a big fan of curry. Apricots are so pricey that I usually walk by them but I must give them a try regardless. Thanks, well done...

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, the fruit-based curry sauce sounds enticing!

Cara said...

sounds delicious! can't go wrong with a spicy and sweet combination.

Psychgrad said...

Looks very delicious.

Steph said...

My mouth is watering after looking at your dish and I'm not even a fan of curry!

Marjie said...

I do love apricots, and a sweet accompaniment to chicken is always terrific.

Pam said...

What a wonderful recipe. I love fresh apricots and I am sure they are fantastic with curry. Nice job.

Bev's Jewelry said...

This sounds wonderful. I have a recipe for chicken and apricot jam and yogurt. Very easy but not everyone in my family really likes it. This sounds like a great one to try since I really love apricot flavor and chicken.
Bev

Cheryl said...

I would of never have thought to use Apricots in a curry. Excellent idea!

Aggie said...

What a great sounding combination! I am now craving this!!

Darius T. Williams said...

Looks like you have a bit of heat going on in there - looks good.

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

CECIL said...

You are so inspiring! I have always used apricot preserve as some base for chutney for sandwiches, but never curry! Looks so good!!

Dawn said...

Oh yeah apricots and curry are such a good and powerful combo--I love this!

Maria said...

Love the colors in this dish! Superb!

Carmen said...

you always have the most creative recipes! i love how they are inspired by what you find at the farmer's market. unfortunately, there aren't any markets closeby to me - i go to one close to my work that's open once a week - but nothing near my home. i would never have thought of an apricot curry but would love to try this sometime.

Ginny said...

I love this dish! So creative and delicious!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hi kev! i made chicken curry with the pink peaches hehehe they look pale like potatoes tho

amritac said...

yummmm.....this is going on my "to make" list! Thanks!

diva said...

gorgeous curry! does the apricot preserve make it quite sweet though? looks fantastic - my mum used to make something like a mango curry. this reminds me of it.

cindy* said...

what a beautiful dish! this makes me want curry.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I don't think I've ever had a curry like this, but I love the sound of it. I'll have to give this a shot while there's still good looking apricots available

Rosie said...

Apricot curry - one gorgeous dish kevin!

Rosie x

Jeanne said...

Oh Kevin, this appeals to my South African heart! We are always cooking meat/poultry with fruit, and apricots are a favourite. My mom used to make an apricot and mayonnaise chicken casserole that was my favourite.

Pam said...

The farmer's market you go to must be amazing! You have a never ending supply of good stuff!

~Madeline~ said...

Mmmm, this sounds so good. I have a bunch of apricots coming in my produce box this week, I think I know what I'll be doing with them.

farida said...

Kevin, what a creative dish you've made! I love apricots in savory dishes - we use them in toppings for pilaffs mostly, with lamb and other yummy goodies. Your recipe is fantastic!

HoneyB said...

ohh yummmm!!

gocbep said...

This looks so yummy! I bet apricot added great taste to the curry.
BTW, thanks for stopping by my place :)

Jaime said...

adding apricot to curry is a great idea :)

gaga said...

Yum, I love mixing fruit into a savory dish. Plus I love curry!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is awesome. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

Is the fish sauce necessary? It doesn't sound too appealing..

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Soy sauce would work as well if you prefer.

Post a Comment