Chicken: Cajun Chicken Party Bites with Apricot Mustard

posted by Terrytx 09-26-98 8:35 AM
Recipe By: Houston Chronicle-9/23/98

Cajun Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard

Cajun Spice Mix:
2 teaspoons ground cayenne
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme, finely crumbled
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Apricot Mustard:
6 tablespoons Creole-style or Dijon-style mustard
1 1/2 cups apricot preserves

5 skinless boneless chicken breast halves-cut in bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons veg. oil

Make Spice mix:
Combine ingredients in a small bowl or plastic bag. Stir or shake to mix. Reserve. Store leftover mix in airtight jar.

Make Apricot Mustard:
Combine mustard and preserves in small saucepan over low heat; stir to mix and heat until preserves melt and blend with mustard. Set aside to cool.

Prepare Chicken:
Sprinkle chicken with Spice mix; let stand about 30 min.

Cook Chicken:
Heat butter and oil in saute pan or skillet over med.-high heat, add chicken and saute until just done, about 5 min. Remove with slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels.

Serve hot with Apricot Mustard dipping sauce.

Makes 8-10 servings as an appetizer, 4-5 as a main course.

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