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Apricot Chicken

JoK Apricot Chicken 1

Apricots and chicken were really made to be cooked together. This is quite a standard recipe, though I find that every chef has their own variation. This one's a great starter for Apricot Chicken fans.

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  • 1 chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup dried apricots, halved
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup bottled Russian dressing
  • 1/4 cup duck sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Onion Soup Mix*


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Arrange in prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together apricots, preserves, Russian dressing, duck sauce and onion soup mix. Pour over chicken.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Skin should be crisp and brown. Serve immediately.

For an attractive garnish, add a few cinnamon sticks before serving. If you are lucky enough to find fresh, ripe apricots, pit and slice a few. Place over chicken before serving.

*Make your own Onion Soup Mix with this recipe

Photo Credit: Melinda Strauss