Thursday, December 31, 2009

apricot chicken delight The first half of this semester was hard. Weird schedule, lots of new pressures and responsibilities, and a lack of energy. Unfortunately lack of energy is a vicious cycle--no energy to cook good stuff = eating out; eating out = not always eating the best foods; not eating healthy = no energy. So, during the midterm week, when I wasn't grading tests or catching up on laundry. I searched for some recipes to turn into the 30 meals project that Carrie, my RA in college (well, and my college roommate's sister-in-law) told me about on this post. (BTW, thanks Carrie!!) My requirements were that the recipes: could be made in less than 20 min, needed to be low-carbish, needed to delight mine and my husband's taste buds, and could be made with things easily found in Taiwan. Finding meals that meet all four requirements was no small task! Although Lawrance is generally easy going and not too picky about food, finding things we both love to eat often has proved to be a challenge. So, my first recipe test was something I found at Cooking During Stolen Moments: Apricot Chicken. It was SO easy and best of all packed full of flavor!! I kinda went a bit overboard using freshly cracked black pepper and might have used extra garlic--so our's was not only tangy, but spicy too--she does say to season to taste. :) This is probably the least low-carb recipe I collected since it uses apricot jam, but it is definitely something I'll be making again before too long. Side-note to anyone in Taiwan wanting to give this a try: I used half of a jar of Carrefour brand apricot jam (french name on bottle) to cover 6 chicken breast quarters.

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