OK - for today I am going to hit you with my all time favourite dinner to cook when I can't think of anything else. Everyone eats it and the ingredients are easily available. As a child of the seventies I think you can't go past Apricot Chicken as a "go to" recipe.
Now I have two versions - the basic one and the fancy one. The basic one is ridiculously simple - mix a tin of Apricot Nectar with a packet of French Onion soup in a jug. Put chicken pieces in a dish, pour mixture over and bake until done. It's easy, it works and that many Mums from the 1970s can't be wrong....
However so you don't think I am a complete slack tart I am going to explain the fancy, schmancy gourmet Apricot Chicken recipe I have come up with. (I never thought I would see the words gourmet and Apricot Chicken in one sentence in my lifetime, let alone a sentence written by me!)
Here it is - Fancy Apricot Chicken
- skinless chicken thighs (about 800g)
- a tin of Apricot Nectar
- packet of French Onion soup
- handful of dried apricots
- one biggish leek (can use an onion if leekless)
Chop the leek and roughly chop the dried apricots. In a casserole dish which can also go on the stove top (use a frypan and tip the contents into a casserole later if you don't have one) fry your leeks in a little oil. Then add the chicken and brown it a little (I don't chop the chicken up - thighs seem to be the perfect size for this just as they are). Also throw in the dried apricots.
In a jug mix up the nectar and the soup mix. Pour this mix over the browned chicken and softened leek. Put the whole lot in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked. You may have to stir it a few times as it cooks.
I serve this in lots of ways. Over rice, noodles or with vegies and mashed potatoes. I have even used it as a filling for pies....
It is super easy and really yummy.
|The Finished Product|
OK - no more procrastination. I am off to put more hay in the chooks laying boxes because this is the first job on my list. Living on the edge in the country here people!!