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Easy Sticky Apricot Chicken

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Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.

Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.Listen, let’s not beat around the bush here, we all know I am slightly obsessed with chicken. A quick gander through this blog will give you all the evidence you need. I love it roasted, fried and grilled. But when chicken is covered in a sticky, fragrant glaze. Well, there’s just something fantastic about that, isn’t there? And when the food I eat forces me to lick my fingers, all the better!

Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.This ridiculously easy, quick apricot chicken is everything to me at the moment. Not only does it remind me of the apricot chicken my mom used to make for us as kids, it’s also a fool proof way to get my kids to eat everything on the plate (sticky chicken is magic like that) PLUS it doesn’t take much thought or effort on my part. The glaze is a simple combination of apricot jam (preserves), soy sauce, lemon juice and seasoning. I sauteed the chicken thighs in a large, deep pan until golden brown and almost cooked through before I poured over glaze because 1) I wanted the chicken fat to render a little and b) if added too early, the glaze will catch and burn and no-one has time for that. Doing it this way, you can pour off the excess fat which will just make your sauce greasy and the glaze is allowed to caramelise and cling to the chicken in the best way possible.

Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.Now, let’s talk about your options when serving time comes. Mashed potatoes, soft polenta or even a good hunk of bread will all do just fine but if you want to take this up a notch, add the gloriousness that is my lemon-almond pilaf. First of all, the rice itself is so delicious, I could eat bowls and bowls and bowls of it (and I actually might have done just that…) but it is also the perfect absorber of all that delectable sauce. All sweet and sticky and apricotty and chickeny. Yaaassss! So make the effort and whip up a pot of pilaf alongside that sticky chicken, add some greens of your choice (I’m not fussy here, anything goes) and tuck into simple perfection. You’re welcome!

Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.

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Sticky Apricot Chicken
 
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Easy, delicious sticky apricot chicken flavored with a little soy sauce and chilli flakes is a perfect dinner when served with almond and lemon pilaf rice.
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Recipe type: Chicken, Dinner, Easy
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • olive oil, for browning
for the glaze
  • ¾ cup apricot jam/preserves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon (you need approximately 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice)
  • pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, to thin down
to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add a splash of oil and brown the chicken pieces all over until the skin is crisp and golden, approximately 10-15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, mix together all the glaze ingredients. Add 2 tablespoons water to thin the glaze out a little but not enough to make it overly watery.
  4. When the chicken is golden brown and almost cooked through, pour off the excess fat.
  5. Return the pot to the heat and add the glaze.
  6. Allow the glaze to simmer gently, basting the chicken regularly until the glaze has reduced and the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve the chicken on rice with a generous amount of glaze spooned over.
 

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Gillian
    Reply

    Hi, this looks delicious! Can I substitute marmalade for apricot jam?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yes, of course! The flavour won’t be quite the same but it will still be delicious.

  • Zanna
    Reply

    Thanks for this recipe. It was so yummy! The first time I made it, I added some minced ginger and both times I added some sesame oil. Big hit w my boyfriend as well. 🙂

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      So glad you liked it Zanna! Love the addition of the ginger.

  • Wikus
    Reply

    Delicious!

  • CookinJ
    Reply

    This looks amazing! I’m wondering if this would work with boneless skinless thighs (mostly because that’s what I have in the freezer) and what adjustments would be needed?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yeah of course that would work perfectly! You’ll probably just need to cook the chicken a little less since bone-in chicken takes a bit longer to fully cook.

  • Reply

    OMGee Alida! I’m LOVING this recipe! That apricot glaze looks crazy good! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Mary Ann! The glaze is most definitely the star in this recipe. 😉

  • Wikus
    Reply

    Looks delicious. Trying it tomorrow 🙂 🙂

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks! Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it!

  • Lynne
    Reply

    Oh, this brings back the most amazing memories ! My mom used to do this often 🙂

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It’s such an iconic way of cooking chicken, isn’t it?

  • Reply

    This looks delicious and the apricot glaze just sounds perfect!! I’ll be trying this for dinner this week! 🙂

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Alaina! Let me know what you thought once you’ve tried it!

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