Chicken with Fresh Apricots

This recipe is a take on the Sweet and Sour Chicken made with Russian dressing.  The chicken is covered in a flavorful sauce made with Russian dressing, onion soup mix, and apricot preserves.  It is a sweet and savory chicken dish that uses common ingredients.

I used fresh apricots that I got from nearby Robinette’s orchard,  I look forward to this beautiful fruit every summer.  Most of the apricots grown in the USA come from California.  However, we can find apricots here beginning in midsummer at a few Michigan orchards.

Chicken with Fresh Apricots

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
1 (8 oz) bottle Russian dressing, Wish-Bone brand
1 cup of apricot preserves
1 package Lipton dry onion soup mix
6 fresh ripe apricots, halved and quartered

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the chicken thighs into a sprayed casserole dish and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the Russian dressing, preserves, and dry onion soup mix together.

Pour the mixture over the top of the chicken.  Arrange the apricots around the chicken.

Bake uncovered at 350°F  for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is done.  Serve over yellow rice if desired.  Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.  

Notes:
1.  I served the chicken over yellow rice.
2. Lipton onion soup comes in a box with 2 packages inside.  Use 1 package for this recipe.
3.  USDA recommends cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Below is a photo of a young deer that was in my yard early in the morning.  Probably looking for plants to eat.

 

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