Sweet & spicy apricot chicken

Sweet & spicy apricot chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins - 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 2 (generously)

Experience Moroccan-style chicken in minutes - it's easily doubled too

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  • Easily doubled
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  • 100g frozen chopped French green beans
  • 400g packet mini chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 14 kalamata olives
  • chicken stock cube
  • 1 tbsp apricot conserve (with large pieces of fruit)
  • 2 110g packets coriander and lemon couscous
  • A small handful fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander

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  1. Put a kettle of water on to boil. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and add the chicken in a single layer. Scatter the spices on top and leave to cook, without stirring, for about aminute. Flick the chicken pieces over and cook for a minute or so on the other side.
  2. While you are waiting, tip the couscous into a saucepan. Pour 400ml/14fl oz boiling water over the couscous and allow to bubble on the heat for a minute. Cover, turn off the heat and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
  3. While the couscous is soaking, pour 300ml/1⁄2 pint boiling water over the chicken in the frying pan and crumble in the stock cube. Tip in the conserve, beans and olives, add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, stir, then leave to bubble gently for 5minutes. Meanwhile, chop the coriander and sprinkle it into the pan before serving.
  4. Fork through the couscous – it should have plumped up by now – and pile into 2 large shallow bowls. Spoon the chicken, beans and olives on top and pour the sweet and fragrantly spiced juices over.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2002

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renial38's picture

I absolutely love this recipe. My hubby likes things a bit spicy so I just added a bit of tobasco in and it worked a treat. mmmmm really recommend it

crustythefish's picture
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"Monday evening easy" - who wants to have a complicated recipe on a Monday night...? Made this and it was easy / tasty and will definitely make again.

lmcfritz's picture

Loved this. Had some preserved lemons in the fridge so I added two (small ones), chopped roughly, to counteract the sweetness. Also used chopped dried apricots instead of apricot conserve. The lemon and apricot together worked together really well.

joanna_raeside's picture
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There seemed to be far too much liquid in this recipe. I temporarily removed the chicken and boiled the sauce to reduce it. It worked out very tasty though and will be making it again.

7620rsd's picture
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This is very easy and very tasty - perfect for midweek dinner. Make sure the olives still have stones as they are much tastier and juicier that way.