Apricot Chicken

I wish I would have taken a picture of our dish Wednesday night so you could see it. But I forgot. I was sick and just trying to get everything prepared for my family. This is a family favorite. I make it every couple of months.

I am not sure how to make a small batch….so I will just give instructions for my family.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients

1 package of bone in chicken thighs ( this usually has about 11-12 individual thighs)

Rinse and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. I leave them out before cooking so they will reach room temperature. If you put cold meat into an oven the meat steams rather than bakes. So I like to bring my baked meats to room temp.

1 jar of apricot jam (12 oz)

1 small onion diced

1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar ( can use regular sugar if need)

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients ( except chicken) in a sauce pan and cook on a low heat stirring constantly until a syrup forms and onion is mostly cooked.

Let that sit for a bit then put Chicken in a casserole dish to cook. I put mine on a rack insert(chicken the meaty side facing upwards) so the juices will drain down. Then I bake on at 350 for about 30-35 minutes. You can start to see the edges of the chicken turning brown and the juices have drained from the chicken. Then I take the pan out turn oven to 425 degree. Drain the juices from the chicken pan, remove the rack set the chicken in the same pan and spread the apricot syrup with the chunks of apricot over the top of the chicken.  Put back in the oven to cook for an additional 20 minutes. the outer skin will get a bit crispy and the syrup will bubble up and thicken even more marinating the chicken. It needs to set for a few minutes after you remove it from the oven.  Usually for our family that just means setting it on the table and gathering everyone  around the table to get situated & start dishing up.

I usually serve this with rice & green beans. Some of my kids like to put some of the extra syrup on their rice….to eat with their chicken.

Let me know if you try it & if you like it 🙂

 

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