Apricot chicken with ginger and cayenne pepper
Sweet and spicy flavors combine in this robust, fruity chicken dish.
Apricots are one of those fruits that just don’t get enough attention. We’ve made up for that here using three variations of the fruit – fresh, dried and all-natural preserved apricots for an out-of-this-world sweet, fruity taste. The addition of ginger and cayenne creates a phenomenal flavor profile, and the open baking yields a caramelized, crispy chicken that will keep your guests coming back for more.
- 8 chicken pieces or 4 leg quarters
- 10-ounce jar Simply Fruit Apricot (or any fruit-sweetened apricot preserves)
- 4 fresh apricots
- 1/2 cup Italian dressing
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2-1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 12 dried apricots
- A few sprigs parsley, optional
- Onion powder and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Place chicken pieces in roasting pan. Sprinkle lightly with onion powder and pepper.
In a medium bowl, combine apricot jam, dressing and seasonings. If you like your food spicy, add extra cayenne or a dash of hot sauce. Spread over chicken pieces.
Slice dried apricots. Quarter fresh apricots. Place over and around chicken pieces, tucking into any crevices.
Bake uncovered 45 minutes to an hour or until chicken is crispy on top. Baste halfway through cooking time to keep the chicken moist.
Check for doneness by piercing with a fork. Juices should run clear.
Related Topics: Meat and Poultry