Dinner Party Favourite – Apricot Chicken


Yes I know what you’re thinking…but trust me on this, this Apricot Chicken has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.  Put plainly … this is Gooooddddd!

Apricot Chicken

Apricot Chicken

Serves 4 -6


2 tsp sea salt;
2 tsp ground cumin;
1 tsp dried chilli flakes;
2 tsp ground cinnamon;
2 tsp ground coriander seeds;
1 tsp  black pepper;
2 tsp ground turmeric ;
8 pieces of chicken, left with bones on, such as casserole pieces, drumsticks or thighs;
1/4 cup olive oil;
1 brown onion, finely diced;
1 large knob of ginger (about 6 cm long), peeled, cut into match sticks;
5 garlic cloves, sliced;
2 green chillies, split lengthways, de-seeded;
2 tbsp tomato paste;
2-3 thyme sprigs;
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon;
2 tbsp honey;
250g dried apricots, diced;
200ml white wine or apple juice;
2 chicken stock cubes OR 2 cups chicken stock;
a small handful cashews OR blanched almonds, if you have them


Put sea salt, cumin, chilli flakes, cinnamon, coriander, pepper and turmeric in a large plastic bag. Add chicken and shake to coat.

Heat oil in a large heavy-based pan over a high heat. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion, ginger, garlic and chilli and cook for 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, thyme, lemon zest and juice, honey, apricots and wine. Stir, bring to a simmer, then return chicken to pan.

Add stock and just enough water to cover chicken. Cover and simmer over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Uncover, simmer for a further 25-30 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through and sauce is slightly reduced. Garnish with mint if you have it.

Serve with couscous and a dollop of plain yoghurt.


  • I used sour cream and parsley to garnish
  • Served with plain white rice
  • I reduced the chilli to half a chilli so everyone was able to eat it
  • I also did not put the dried chilli into the spice mix that covers the chicken

Put this on your to cook list … it’s a big winner here.

Recipe from 120dollarfoodchallenge blog.


2 responses »

  1. I made the usual old apricot chicken one time when Nic was first on the scene and he fell in love with it, so we eat it a bit now. I send leftovers for his Dad as he complains that he doesn’t get it.

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