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Rustic Herbed Apricot Chicken

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Chickens, cut into 8 pieces
  • -each, wing tips trimmed
  • 1/4 c Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves, coarsely
  • -chopped
  • 2 tb Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tb Dried thyme
  • 2 tb Dried tarragon
  • 1/2 ts Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 lg Onion, halved and thinly
  • -sliced
  • 2 tb All-purpose flour
  • 2 c Defatted chicken broth
  • 1 c Medium tawny port
  • 1 tb Red currant jelly
  • 2 c Dried apricots
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • -to taste
  • Cooked noodles (opt)
  • 1 tb Chopped flat-leaf parsley,
  • -for garnish


Marinating the chicken in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried thyme and
tarragon add great depth to a rice sauce that's smoothed by just a
hint of red currant jelly and enhanced with apricots and tawny port.
Be sure to use tawny port. With its beautiful amber color and
slightly dry flavor, it compliments the apricots. Save your ruby
port, which is sweeter and has a deep red wine color, for after

1. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry.

2. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic,
vinegar, thyme, tarragon and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken,
toss together well and marinate at room temperature for 2-3 hours or
refrigerate overnight.

3. Remove chicken from marinade, scraping off any bits that might
remain. Reserve marinade. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a
large, heavy casserole. Brown chicken in small batches over medium
heat until golden, turning once or twice. Set finished pieces aside.

4. Add onion slices to casserole, reduce heat and cook, stirring, for
2 minutes or until they begin to brown. Toss onion slices with flour
and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes longer.

5. Add broth, port wine and red currant jelly. Cook, stirring, for
another 2 minutes. Stir in the apricots, reserved marinade and

6. Cook over low heat, partially covered, for 20 minutes. Remove
cover and cook for 20-30 minutes more or until chicken is cooked
through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, serve with
cooked noodles and garnish with chopped parsley.

Per serving (without noodles): 555 calories, 25 grams fat, 124
milligrams cholesterol.

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