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Monday: Apricot Glazed Chicken with Quinoa and Green Beans

This dinner is a family favorite of one our first members and I know why – it’s easy and delish! The glaze works just as well with bone-in thighs or breasts. Leftovers will make for a good snack or lunch for kids home from school- so, consider doubling the recipe. Tip: I’m using prewashed, bagged beans because I am short on time tonight.
Serves: 4      Prep: 10      Cooking:  40-50

Ingredients

For the Chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2  cup apricot preserves, low sugar
2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
12 chicken drumsticks and/or thighs
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
 
For the Quinoa
1 ½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 medium-size onion, chopped
2 large ribs celery, chopped 3/4 cup quinoa
¼ cup dried apricots (3-4), chopped
¼ cup toasted pine nutsFor the Beans
1 bag fresh green beans, prewashed
2 teaspoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 lemon

Instructions

1
Heat oven to 400º.
2
In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, preserves and mustard. Set aside 2 tablespoons of this mixture to dress the quinoa.
3
Place the chicken in a roasting pan and season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Bake at 400º for 20 minutes.
4
When chicken has cooked 20 minutes, brush on remaining apricot-mustard mixture and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until internal temperature registers 170 º.
5
While chicken continues to cook, make quinoa. Place chicken broth, onion, celery, quinoa, ½ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
6
Stir the apricots into the quinoa during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time. Remove from heat and stir in reserved apricot- mustard mixture.
7
Nuke your beans. Toss with olive oil, salt and a squeeze lemon juice.
8
Remove chicken from oven and let rest – the glaze is hot.
9
On a baking sheet, toast the pine nuts for 4 minutes – if they are not already toasted.
10
Top quinoa with toasted pine nuts and serve with drumsticks and a side of beans.