Rush Hour Gourmet: Lime and Fig Chicken

DEB LINDSEY / Washington Post
DEB LINDSEY / Washington Post
Posted: February 22, 2013

This is the very definition of a winning weeknight chicken dish.

Lime and Fig Chicken

Makes 4 servings

4 dried figs

1/3 cup hot water

4 or 5 limes

Leaves from 2 stems each mint, cilantro

3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (11/4 pounds total)

Kosher salt, fresh pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup fig jam or spread

1. Stem the figs; cut into quarters. Place in a bowl and cover with the hot water. Let stand while preparing other ingredients.

2. Meanwhile, juice the limes to yield 1/3 cup juice. Coarsely chop the mint and cilantro.

3. Trim and discard fat from the chicken. Use a sharp knife to butterfly the thick part of each breast half to even out the meat's thickness (do not cut all the way through). Place the breast halves between two sheets of plastic wrap and lightly pound with a mallet to achieve an even thickness of 1/2 to 3/4 inch.

4. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. Cut each pounded breast half into 4 equal strips.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the chicken pieces and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly golden. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and chicken.

6. Add the lime juice to the skillet, stirring to dislodge any browned bits, then stir in the jam. Drain the figs as needed, then add to the skillet. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring until there are no lumps of jam, then return the chicken to the skillet. Cook until it is warmed through, making sure it's done and coated with the sauce.

7. Divide among plates, spooning sauce on top. Garnish with the mint and cilantro. Serve warm.

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Adapted from Feel Good Food (Hardie Grant Books, 2010)

Per serving: 320 calories, 33 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber, 23 g sugar

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