Apricot Chicken--At Last

     Our Oldest had been requesting Apricot Chicken for nearly a year. Yes, that very same son who said that if he was engaged to a girl and she served chicken--the wedding was off. However, this chicken dish topped his favorites list.
     So, after a year of putting off frying chicken (with little oil) in the deep frying pan, I made the time for one of Oldest's delectable dishes. Approved by the American Heart Association and listed in their cookbook, I feel that I am serving something healthy when I whip up this meal. I found this cookbook when my mother was living with us and I endeavored to make meals that were low in cholesterol and salt for her.
     This chicken is a  sweet and tangy meal that delights the taste buds with apricot jam and canned apricots coupled with soy sauce, lemon rind, and green pepper for trim (if your family likes that).

Chicken with Apricot Glaze

taken from the
American Heart Association Cookbook

Chicken pieces (we like a breast, drumsticks, and boneless thighs) the recipe calls for 1 frying chicken (2-3 lbs) cut into pieces

1/4 cup seasoned flour (I just scoop some flour into a plastic food storage bag, shake in some paprika, salt, and pepper)

2 TBLS butter (recipe calls for margarine, but we use butter)
2 TBLS oil (I use corn oil and will be switching over to canola oil)
1/2 C apricot jam
1 teaspoon margoram leaves
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 TBLS soy sauce
1 large can of peeled apricots, whole or halves, with juice (you need about 1and 1/2 cups of juice)
1 large green pepper, cut into 1/2 inch squares

Wash the chicken and let it drain on paper towels. Then shake it in the flour. In a 10" inch frying skillet that is about 3 inches deep, brown each piece in the heated oil and butter. Then spread the apricot jam over the browned chicken pieces. Mix the marjoram, lemon rind, soy sauce and apricot juice. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover your fryer with a lid that has a steam vent on the top and cook about 40 minutes. You can baste if you like (I don't always do this). 
If your family likes the green pepper chunks, add them at the end of the cooking time. Cook 5 more minutes. Add the apricots last, allowing them to heat through and soften a little.

     We served ours with Near East Rice Pilaf and fresh green beans. Hope you enjoy it!

From My Heart to Yours,

Linking with Food on Fridays at Ann Kroeker's

Parts of this recipe were taken from The American Heart Association Cookbook, copyright 1975 by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York

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