Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken with Carrot and Spinach Slice

Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken with Carrot and Spinach Slice

Posted 2015-07-05 by finyfollow

The sweet and sour in this recipe is the perfect accompaniment for the vegetable slice. Use either chicken pieces, or as I did, boneless chicken thighs and breast fillets.

You could also use frozen spinach and commercial orange juice to save time, however I prefer vegetables and fruit to be fresh.

Quite a filling, healthy meal - carrots are rich in vitamin A and spinach has iron.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

For the chicken
1.25 kg chicken pieces (skin taken off)
1½ tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp pepper
About 60 g dried apricots
¾ cup squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
3 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp French mustard

For the carrot and spinach slice
1 bunch spinach
3 eggs whites
2 whole eggs
1 packet salt reduced French onion soup
1 garlic clove
3 cups grated carrot
½ cup diced onions
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup grated cheese
¾ cup self raising flour
Extra ½ cup grated cheese for top

*For the chicken
  • Preheat the oven to 190° fan forced.

  • Combine the lemon juice, olive oil and half the garlic and coat the chicken pieces with this mixture. Sprinkle with the pepper.

  • In a large, greased baking dish, lay the chicken in a single layer and cook for about 20 minutes (if using larger pieces with bones, add 10 minutes).
  • Meanwhile simmer the apricots in the squeezed orange juice for 10 minutes or until the apricots are tender.

  • Stir in the vinegar, ginger, sugar, mustard, and remaining garlic, and simmer a few minutes more.
  • Puree this mixture for about 30 seconds.

  • Coat the chicken with half this apricot mixture and cook for another 5 minutes.

  • Turn and coat the other side with the apricot mixture and bake another 5 minutes. Increase these quantities to 10 minutes if using chicken with bones.
  • Arrange on the plates and serve with a slice or two of the carrot and spinach slice.

  • For the carrot and spinach slice

  • Preheat the oven to 180° fan forced.
  • Wash the spinach and remove the white stalks. Cut it into thin strips and microwave for about a minute or until the spinach just starts to wilt.
  • Drain and when cool enough, squeeze as much juice as you can out of the spinach.
  • Mix together the eggs, and egg whites.
  • Add the soup mix, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and half a cup of the grated cheese.

  • Add the grated carrots, chopped onion and spinach and mix well.

  • Stir in the flour. Add some pepper.
  • Spray a quiche or similar dish with cooking spray, and spread this mixture into the dish.
  • Put the extra half a cup of cheese on the top.

  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until browned, and set in the middle.
  • Slice.

  • Serve the sweet and sour chicken with the sliced carrot and spinach slice.

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