Apricot Chicken & Rice

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Chicken and rice is one of those classic combos with extreme versatility. By making different sauces, gravies, and glazes you can create so many different delightful dinners. This particular dinner is a delicious apricot glazed chicken over ginger rice. Apricot Chicken & Rice is bursting with flavor and very simple to make, perfect for a weeknight meal.

Apricot Chicken & Rice

My personal choice for apricot preserves is Bonne Maman, but you can use your favorite. I do suggest that you use a preserve and not a jam. For one, preserves tend to have less sugar added because it uses the whole fruit and not mashed up fruit. And second, the large chunks of fruit are tasty bites of bright fruity goodness in the savory glaze.

Apricot Chicken & Rice

Ready for the broken record? If you read my recipes often, you know that I never cook rice in water unless it is absolutely necessary. By using the broth you get so much more flavor into the rice, so that it is part of the dish and not just the forgotten side item.

Apricot Chicken & Rice

I didn’t do a side dish because I made extra rice for my kiddos. They are serious about the amount of rice they choose to consume. If you wanted a little more meal, without more rice, I think I would have done some green beans or asparagus on the side.

Apricot Chicken & Rice

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Apricot Chicken & Rice

A delicious apricot glazed chicken over ginger rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword apricot, Chicken, ginger, glazed chicken, rice
Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil

For the Chicken

  • 6 Chicken Thighs bone-in, skin removed
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Parsely

For the Glaze

  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Apricot Preserves
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

For the Rice

  • 2 cup Long Grain Rice
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated

Instructions

  • Add oil to large saute pan over medium-high heat. Evenly sprinkle chicken on both sides with seasonings. Add to pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Then remove from the pan. Leave oil in pan.
  • In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add rice, ginger and broth. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, but do not remove lid until ready to serve.
  • In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients. Reduce saute pan heat to medium. Add glaze and let simmer for 4 minutes. Then add chicken back to pan. Spoon glaze over top of each piece. Cover with lid and let cook for 25 minutes.
  • Serve a portion of rice under piece of chicken and then ladle more sauce over top. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Apricot Chicken & Rice

  1. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    This sounds really good! Visiting from Friday with Friends~
    Jenna

  2. This looks so good. I like to make my own apricot jam and make it not too sweet. But the Bonne Maman is good too!
    I can’t wait to give this a try!
    Thanks for sharing at the FWF party.
    Hugs,
    Rachelle

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Homemade is always best for just that reason. I’m sure your on jam would be wonderful in this!

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