Skinny, Dreamy, Apricot Chicken

Made in a jiffy, this lovely chicken dish comes out very moist and delicious.
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Made in a jiffy, this lovely chicken dish comes out very moist and delicious. The sweetness of the apricot jam and the tangy balsamic vinegar create a sauce bursting with flavor. Each serving has only 205 calories, 2 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 cup onions, chopped

4 (4-ounce each) chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

Juice from 1 lemon

½ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon olive oil

Cooking spray

⅓ cup reduced sugar apricot preserves, see shopping tip

⅓ cup (~5) dried apricots, diced into small pieces.

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt

Black pepper, to taste


1. Place onions on a microwave safe plate and cook in the microwave to soften, about 1 minute.

2. Place chicken breasts on a plate and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon all over the chicken. Let sit about 5 minutes. Combine thyme, garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon salt and sprinkle ½ of these seasonings over top of chicken.

3. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan, coated with cooking spray. Add softened onions. Cook for 1 minute over medium-high heat. Add chicken and the lemon juice to pan of onions, seasoning side down. Sprinkle the top of chicken with remaining seasonings. Sauté over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes, turn over, cover and continue to cook over medium-heat, about 4 minutes, until done. Remove chicken from pan to a serving plate.

4. Turn heat down to medium-low. Add apricot preserves, dried apricot pieces, balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a little pepper. Mix well to combine. Stir constantly until the preserves melt, about 30 seconds or so. Spoon apricot sauce over chicken.

Makes 4 servings (each serving, 1 chicken breast and about 2½ tablespoons sauce)

Shopping Tip
I like Trader Joe's line of reduced-sugar preserves. I used apricot for this recipe but it's available in raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and blackberry. Or, use your favorite reduced-sugar apricot jam or preserves.

Weight Watchers (old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (4 oz) chicken breast with 2½ Tbsps sauce
205 cal, 2g fat, 0mg chol, 24g prot, 24g carbs, 2g fiber, 151mg sodium, 14g sugar

1. The nutrition facts were calculated on Spark
2. The Weight Watchers POINTS were calculated on

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