Chicken is borrrrrring, am I right? Has there ever been a chicken movement that could come close to rivaling the bacon or beef craze? There aren’t T-shirts like this made for chicken:
Another question… Have you ever craved chicken completely plain? I know I haven’t. Yet the thought of plain bacon or beef gets my salivary glands palpitating (if they could palpitate).
So ok, we get it, chicken is boring. And of course, chicken is apparently very good for you. Luckily for you wonderful folks I have the quickest…the easiest… and somehow pretty healthy glaze recipe that will take this:
That’s one FANCY chicken.
Anyhow, in all seriousness, let’s get to the easy recipe.
Three Ingredient Apricot Glaze
Btw, you could probably use this on other stuff, but I’ve only used in on chicken so far.
- Jar of Apricot Preserves
- Sriracha sauce
WHAT? LANA YOU MUST BE MAD. How can those three simple ingredients make a tasty sauce for my chicken? Trust me, it’s goooood.
Listen people. If it’s one lesson you can take from me today, it’s to Keep It Simple. So many people, in an attempt to get healthy, start immediately cooking recipes that require 20 ingredients you can either only get at Whole Foods OR by trekking to the top of some mountain and solving riddles from a snow spirit. If you do this, you’ll set yourself up for failure.
Start small with a few ingredients, and then if you feel like it, get crazy with that snow spirit recipe once you’re comfortable. You’re already doing an amazing job deciding to cook for yourself! Take baby steps!
In a small bowl of some sort (that can also be used to store any sauce you don’t use), dump in half the jar of the apricot preserves and squirt in some Sriracha (the amount used depends on your spice tolerance level. I’d start with a teaspoon and add more if it’s not enough for you). Then, while mixing together the ingredients with a fork or small whisk, slowly pour in about 1/4 cup of water. Depending on how thick/thin you want the sauce, you can add more or use less water.
OMG, you’re done. Drizzle that stuff over your boring chicken and check out how tasty it is! It’s sweet, it’s spicy and garlicy…it’s delicious.
The best part? The preserves I use has about 4 ingredients in it: Organic Apricots, Organic Apple Pectin, Cane Sugar, and Ascorbic acid (vitamin c). And Sriracha has few ingredients as well (sure it has a small amount of preservatives in it, but I’m not using much, so who cares!).
And if you’re worried about the sugar in the preserves (cuz I know some of us be sugar nazis) here are a couple things for you to chew on:
- Most of the sugar in preserves is naturally occurring from the fruit. And if you choose your preserves wisely, it will contain little to no added sugars.
- In choosing preserves over a jam or jelly, you get chunks of actual fruit mashed in. That means you’re getting some fiber to slow absorption of the sugar.
- You’re not using a ton of this stuff so calm down! And if it’s paired with something like chicken, you’re getting some healthy fats combined with the sugar to also slow down absorption of the sugar!
At some point I’m going to try making this using other preserves such as blackberry or blueberry to see if it works. Maybe some of you could experiment and let me know how it turns out!
So dress up that chicken yo! If any of you have some quick, easy, and healthy recipes, please go to my Contact Page and share with me.