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Quick Apricot Chicken Casserole

Apricots go really well with chicken, adding a kind of sweet and sour flavour. This is one of my quick go-to dinners — it uses ingredients you usually have in the pantry and is quick and easy.
Prep time:
5 minutes
Cook time:
25 minutes
Serves:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Waitoa Free Range Whole Chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli chicken sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 400g can apricot halved, drained
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or saucepan and brown chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes on both sides until lightly browned. Set chicken aside.
  2. Drizzle a little more oil into the same pan and fry onion and garlic until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add back the chicken, along with the tomato paste, sweet chilli sauce, herbs, tomatoes, apricots, water and stoand chicken stock. Roughly break up the apricots with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir all ingredients together and partially cover with a lid.
  5. Simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Serve hot with rice, couscous or mash, and greens. Sprinkle fresh thyme on top.
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