Sweet Sour Apricot Chicken Recipe

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Sweet Sour Apricot Chicken Recipe

(Tartness of apricots, sharpened by the juice of citrus fruits, gives this dish

its distinctive flavor)

Ingredients:  Serves 4, Oven: Preheat to 200C

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

Freshly ground black pepper

2-3 lb (1.1-1.4 kg) chicken, divided into 8 portions and skinned

3 oz (85 g) ready-to-use dried apricots

7 fl oz (200 ml) unsweetened orange juice

1 level teaspoon light brown sugar

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 level teaspoons peeled and grated root ginger, or level teaspoon ground ginger

1 level teaspoon Dijon mustard

Bay leaves to garnish



Mix the lemon juice with the oil and half the garlic, and season with pepper.  Put the chicken in a dish, pour on the lemon marinade and turn the chicken pieces in it until thoroughly coated.  Cover and leave in a cool place for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, turning the chicken several times.  Meanwhile, simmer the apricots in the orange juice for 10 minutes, or until tender.  Stir in the sugar, vinegar, ginger, mustard and remaining garlic.  Simmer for another 2 minutes.  Cool the mixture slightly, then liquidize it in a food processor for 15 seconds or pass it through a food mill.  Arrange the chicken portions in a single layer on a rack in a roasting tin and cook in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.  Brush over one side of the chicken pieces with half the apricot glaze and roast for 10 more minutes.  Turn the pieces over, brush the other side with the remaining glaze and roast for 10 minutes longer, or until the chicken is tender and the glaze lightly browned.  Serve the chicken with a garnish of bay leaves.  Rice and mangetout go well with it.  Give each diner a breast portion and a leg portion.  You can use four chicken legs, divided into thighs and drumsticks, instead of a jointed chicken.


Note:  If you are short of time, brush the chicken with the lemon mixture instead of leaving it to marinate.  Make sure the pieces are well coated.


Nutrient Value Per Serving:

250 calories

8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat)

14 g carbohydrates

1 g added sugar

2 g fiber

175 mg sodium


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