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Apricot Chicken

Coconut rice topped with saucy Apricot Chicken pieces and garnished with a quick cucumber salad and creamy avocado. This healthy and delicious dinner can be ready in 30 minutes or less!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy
Keyword apricot chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 520kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $6.29


  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) LITE coconut milk
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or 1 and 1/2 cups prepared rotisserie chicken (Note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic (~3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger (~1 inch piece)
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add to heat preference)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1/2 cup water (or chicken broth/stock)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 Persian cucumbers (or sub 1 English cucumber)
  • 1 large ripe avocado


  • RICE: In a small pot combine rice, coconut milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until milk is fully absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the rice stand (still covered) for 10 minutes or until everything else is ready to eat. Fluff rice with a fork.
  • CUCUMBERS: Meanwhile, slice cucumbers into 1/4-inch thick slices. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar (reserve rest for later), 1 tablespoon olive oil (reserve rest for later), salt and pepper (I use 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper). Add cucumbers and toss to coat; set aside. Toss again before serving.
  • CHICKEN: See Note 1; if using rotisserie chicken, simply shred or cut the chicken off the bones. If grilling, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat (about 400-450 degrees F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a roll-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates). Halve the chicken breast(s) horizontally and pound the pieces to even thickness (you don't need the chicken super flat, just even thickness so it will cook evenly). Drizzle each side generously with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Flip pieces over and repeat -- oil, salt, pepper, seasoning. Place the prepared chicken on the grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until chicken juices run clear and internal temperature is at 160 to 165 degrees F. (160 degrees will carry over heat to get to 165 degrees F). Tent chicken with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Thinly slice or shred.
  • SAUCE: Heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes (add flakes to heat preference). Sauté, stirring, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add apricot preserves, soy sauce, and remaining 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced by half, about 2-3 minutes. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1/2 cup water until smooth. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the pan while whisking constantly. Cook, continuing to whisk, until sauce has thickened, about 2 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in salt and pepper to taste (I add in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Add sugar if desired. Toss shredded/thinly sliced chicken in sauce until well coated.
  • ASSEMBLE: Divide coconut rice between plates or bowls. Top with sauced chicken, then cucumbers, and lastly avocado (remove skin and pit and very slice thinly or dice). Drizzle over any remaining apricot sauce from pan. Enjoy while hot!


Note 1: There are a few ways to prepare the chicken for this meal. I highly recommend using a rotisserie chicken or grilling the chicken for best flavor, but see blogpost for how to saute or bake the chicken for this meal.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.1g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 38.6g | Cholesterol: 3.1mg | Sodium: 91.1mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 10.6g