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    Baked chicken with spiced rice and dried apricots

    This one-pan supper can also be made with sultanas or chopped dates.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes 60 minutes 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    1 tbsp olive oil
    8 British chicken thighs
    1 Essential onion, finely sliced
    2 large Essential carrots (about 250g), coarsely grated
    2 garlic cloves, sliced
    80g dried apricots, chopped
    1 tsp ground allspice
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    200g white basmati rice, well rinsed
    150g Essential frozen baby broad beans
    ½ x 20g pack dill, roughly chopped
    400ml chicken stock
    1 lemon, juice of ½, ½ cut into wedges

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. In a large ovenproof sauté pan or casserole dish, heat the oil over a medium-high heat. Season the chicken and fry, skin-side down, for 5-8 minutes until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.

    2. Add the onion, carrots and garlic to the pan. Season and fry for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the apricots and spices and fry for 1 minute. Stir in the rice, beans and most of the dill, then pour in the stock. Heat until bubbling, squeeze over the lemon juice, then return the chicken to the pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

    3. Check the chicken is completely cooked through, the juices run clear and no pink meat remains, then remove from the oven. Scatter over the remaining dill and serve with extra lemon wedges and a crisp green salad, if liked.

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