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Chicken, Asparagus and Almonds, with a Rice and Apricot Pilaf

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This is another of my "MIX N MATCH" summer meals.

I have used a jar of asparagus in this recipe as I find fresh asparagus gets tough when baked, and I have teamed the chicken with a rice and dried apricot pilaf.

It is a very filling menu and needs no entre or sweets!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 65 minutes
Makes: 2 - 3 servings

Ingredients
For the chicken
5 chicken legs
tsp salt
tbsp flour
90 g butter
75 g blanched almonds, toasted
1 tbsp lemon juice
300 g jar asparagus spears

For the rice and apricot pilaf
1 tbsp butter
large shallot (or onion)
cup white rice
1 cups water
1 - 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
100 g dried apricots
1 tbsp raisins
30 g blanched almonds, toasted

Method
For the chicken
Preheat the oven to 160 fan forced or 180 ordinary.

Dip the chicken legs in a mixture of the flour, salt and some pepper.

Heat the butter in a frying pan or wok and add the chicken legs. Cook them till they brown and then remove and place them in an ovenproof dish.


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Fry the almonds -AS THE RICE ALSO HAS TOASTED BLANCHED ALMONDS, DO BOTH LOTS OF ALMONDS TOGETHER -in the remaining margarine until browned.


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Take out the 30 g almonds for the rice, and add lemon juice to the remaining almonds.

Pour this over the chicken in the dish.


browned,chicken,legs,in,ovenproof,dish


Bake for of an hour, checking if you need to add water to the chicken if it starts to stick.

Add the asparagus and cook a further 15 minutes.


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When you put the chicken in the oven, start making the rice.

For the rice and apricot pilaf
Heat the butter and fry the onion till they are just going golden.

Add the rice and stir for 30 seconds so that the rice gets coated with the butter.


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Add the hot water, some salt and pepper to taste, lemon juice and parsley.

Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the uncut apricots, raisins and almonds, and simmer for another 5 minutes.


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Take off the heat and allow to stand, covered for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with the chicken or mix n match with other meals.

Categories
#Family
#Dinner
#Mix n Match
#Dried apricots
#Almonds
#Chicken
#Asparagus
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