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I love apricot juice as the base for this curry dish. Chicken drumsticks are an economical meat option, but any bone-in pieces would do. Hold back on the madras curry and peppers to keep this dish mild and flavorful; adjust upward if you enjoy a lot of heat! Over rice, this is a complete meal.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins
1 hr 10 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper.

  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until garlic is softened and is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the drumsticks in the skillet, and brown the chicken on all sides, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the skillet to the oven.

  • Bake the chicken drumsticks in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Bring the apricot nectar to a boil in a large pot over medium-high eat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Mix cornstarch and water together in a small bowl; stir cornstarch mixture and curry powder into the apricot nectar. Add dried apricots. Transfer the baked drumsticks into the apricot mixture.

  • Heat the skillet used to cook the chicken over medium heat. Stir in the onion, green bell pepper, carrots, and green chile pepper; cook and stir until the onion has softened. Pour the drumsticks and apricot sauce into the skillet. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in water chestnuts just before serving.

Cook's Notes

We like to serve this over brown rice, although many rice varieties could be a good match. I sometimes switch up or add vegetables depending on what is at hand.

If storing leftovers, take the chicken off the bone and save curry in the same container as rice for easy reheating - but remember, the spiciness will increase the longer it sits!

Nutrition Facts

649 calories; protein 40.1g; carbohydrates 75.3g; fat 23.1g; cholesterol 116.6mg; sodium 167.8mg. Full Nutrition