Apricot Glazed Chicken with Cranberry Rice Pilaf

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By Nancy Buchanan

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21/2/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on February 21, 2011

QVC channel? No interest. Nordstrom’s half yearly sale? Oh please… I avoid it like the plague.  But put me into a grocery store and it’s all over – I have no willpower. None. Something interesting in aisle nine? into my cart it goes with a speed that rivals the Housewives of Beverly Hills at a Christian Louboutin sale.  The remorse  of course doesn’t set in until I get home and start unpacking my bags  and the inevitable question comes up -  “what exactly am I going to do with this?”

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Fortunately, that wasn’t a problem with my latest impulse purchase -  a bag of  Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley. A mix of brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds may sound a bit unusual, but I could think of numerous ways to use it. In fact, I had a hard time deciding exactly what recipe I was going to make with it first.  With the brown rice and daikon radish seeds,  asian style dishes are the first to come to mind. But, nah  that was too easy. Nope  I had to try something a bit different. So, I made a simple pilaf with chicken stock, sauteed leeks, dried cranberries and thyme. And it was good, very good. Topped with an Apricot Glazed Chicken, it’s a simple and easy weeknight dish with an added bonus…  the leftovers (with a bit of tweaking) make a perfect brown bagged lunch the next day!

Here are some other pilaf recipes you might enjoy!

Simply Recipes – Pilaf recipes

Kalyn’s Kitchen - Ginger Cilantro Rice with Green Onions

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savuryandsweet February 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

that looks so good! i have the same problem at the grocery store which is why i try to go with a list and on a full stomach…

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Nancy February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I try to do the same.. that way I can minimize the damage!

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Maria February 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

Beautiful pilaf!

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Nancy February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Thank you Maria!!

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the urban baker February 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

I have made a vow to eat clean – and this recipe is super clean. Love the idea of using apricot! Pilaf is always such a good side. Love all of this and i know my family will as well! x

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Nancy February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Nutritionally, this dish is fairly low in fat and weighs in at about 6 grams of fiber per serving. That combined with the fact that it is so easy to make definitely makes it a “go to” dish for me during the week! Enjoy!

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marla {family fresh cooking} February 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I am with you Nancy, my weakness lies in the grocery store when it comes to spending money. And ski passes :) This chicken & rice is just beautiful & I adore the cranberries! xo

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Nancy February 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I am amazed at how much ski passes are these days.. yikes!!

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My Man's Belly February 22, 2011 at 4:46 am

I gotta admit…I’m a shoe girl at heart but I too have a weakness for grocery stores and “odd” food items that challenge me.

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Never been much of a shoe girl (strappy sandals just aren’t as cute when your feet are 8 1/2′s!!!). But strange ingredients? Sign me up!!

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paul jennette February 22, 2011 at 4:51 am

LOL! That’s funny I do the same thing at the grocery store. Buy something on impulse and then get home and start trying to figure out what am I going to make with it. New and fun ingredients are just to good to pass up. I’m with you the grocery store rocks!!

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I agree. We should do a “post round up” featuring the strangest ingredients we’ve ever bought!!

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Kate February 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I am a supermarket addict too – last night I was lets loose in Costco !!! Bad news for the wallet !!

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I know exactly what you mean.. just got my Costco bill… yikes!!

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Lucy Lean February 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I just love love love your photography – the colors and styling are A1 x

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hi Lucy!!

Thank you!! I am starting to get the hang of it.. I think!!! Given how wonderful your photos are, this is high praise indeed!! Woo hoo!!!

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sippitysup February 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I know the grocery store remorse all too well! But I have a feeling you always know what to do with your goodies! GREG

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Well, I still have some tamarind lurking in the pantry…..LOL!!!

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Lynne @ CookandBeMerry February 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I love love love this photo. The cranberries just pop. I too come home with weird stuff…the other day it was Marmite. I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

LOL!! Can’t wait to see what you do with the Marmite!! Thank you for the compliment on the photo – given the excellence of your photos Lynne, that is high praise indeed!!!

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Magic of Spice February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

What wonderful flavors…I must try this pilaf, fantastic :)

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Nancy February 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I hope you like it! Very easy to make!!

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Priscilla February 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

I’m awestruck by the first photo, Nancy! Beautiful colors, flavors, and texture in this dish – it’s perfect down to the artful curl of the leeks.

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Nancy February 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Aw… thank you Priscilla!! For such a simple dish it does pack a lot of flavor and it sure doesn’t look to bad on the plate either!!!

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Kelli March 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I had to laugh at your grocery store problem because I can SO relate! It’s pathetic, but if I get time alone, I usually choose grocery shopping!

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EatLiveRun March 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hi Nancy! This looks awesome–I’m going to try it next week!

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jenjenk August 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

that’s me at the farmers market!! love the rice & cranberries…mmmmm!!

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Nancy August 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Me too Jen!!

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