On the 3rd Night of Chanukah I Put in my Belly: Auntie Linda’s Apricot Chicken
now that we’ve got our sides covered (roasted carrots and homemade applesauce), it’s time to add a protein. my holiday protein of choice is always my auntie linda’s apricot chicken. it’s completely delicious and moist, kid friendly and has lot’s of ingredients that i often already have in my pantry – it’s a win all around.
AUNTIE LINDA’S APRICOT CHICKEN: serves between 6-8
- 2 packages chicken parts of your choosing – i usually do a mix of thighs (my new favorite chicken part) and breasts, but really it’s up to you
- 1/3 cup dried apricots
- 1/3 cup currants
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup marmalade (maybe more )
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- kosher salt
pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. as always when working with meat (and in my house, chicken = meat), wash your chicken and pat it dry with a paper towel. if using two different cuts of chicken, i like to cook them in separate roasting pans because the cooking time will vary and i can have more control (i LOVE control).
place meat in roasting pan, skin side up and sprinkle with ginger, salt and pepper.
place marmalade in a small bowl (to limit cross contamination) and spread a thin layer of marmalade on the top of each piece of chicken. pour orange juice and apple juice over the chicken so that the chicken is now sitting in juices.
go ahead and bake your chicken for 20 minutes. when your timer goes off, add currants and apricots and generously sprinkle brown sugar. it’s also a good idea to baste the chicken now to keep everything nice and juicy. the chicken goes back in for another 45 minutes but i like to baste again about 20 minutes in, especially if you are working with skinless pieces (the skinless breasts have a tendency to dry out).
okay so i’m the big loser who started to eat and totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product…oops. but you can imagine the carmelized goodness with perfectly browned skin candied fruit on top. sooooo good. i like to save the juices and use it as a gravy. we’ll be eating this for many nights to come. since there’s no food to show off, i thought i’d through in a picture of the wee-one enjoying her holiday meal (she’s finally feeling more like her old self!)