Exactly what sort of apricots to use in this recipe...
I bought dried ones but I think that's wrong. What are 'ready to eat apricots?'
THE THIGHS OF IT! - Serves 2
Chicken Thighs Braised with Apricots and Spice Sensation Cous Cous
Pinch of saffron or 5ml (1tsp) turmeric
300 ml (½ pt) hot chicken stock
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
5ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
2.5ml (½ tsp) mild chilli powder or to taste (optional)
75 g (3 oz) ready to eat apricots, quartered
1x 100g sachet Ainsley Harriott Spice Sensation Cous Cous
Juice of ½ a lemon
Small bunch coriander, chopped
Add the saffron to the hot stock and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a medium frying pan. When hot add the chicken thighs and cook for about 5 -10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Add the onions and garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions soften and become translucent. Add the cinnamon, chilli powder, apricots and saffron-infused stock. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for another 15 minutes until chicken thighs are cooked through.
While the chicken is simmering, prepare the Ainsley Harriott Spice Sensation Cous Cous according to the instructions on the carton and keep warm. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and keep warm. Raise the heat under the frying pan and reduce the stock by a third until nice and syrupy. Squeeze over the lemon juice and adjust seasoning.