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.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper.

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  • 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; 23.1 g total fat; 117 mg cholesterol; 168 mg sodium. 75.3 g carbohydrates; 40.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
Delicious! This will be a regular for us. I liked using bone-in meat for the flavor. The dried apricots become so soft and juicy after cooking. I added water chestnuts at the end for some crunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
Delicious! This will be a regular for us. I liked using bone-in meat for the flavor. The dried apricots become so soft and juicy after cooking. I added water chestnuts at the end for some crunch. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
Delicious! This will be a regular for us. I liked using bone-in meat for the flavor. The dried apricots become so soft and juicy after cooking. I added water chestnuts at the end for some crunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2010
I use chicken legs or whatever chicken is on sale. This recipe is always a hit Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2011
This is wonderful. It is a little hot so the next time I make it I'll use less red pepper flakes. My wife and I love curry so I increased the curry. I used whole chicken breasts but the next time I will cut them into bite size pieces. This is a recipe fit for company. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
Great recipe it was easy and our friends were extremely impressed. Made it twice and held back a bit on the curry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2012
really good i added it some cumin and cayenne pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2014
Great for gourmet lovers Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
I didn't have any apricot juice so I used orange juice and the chicken was boneless breasts and this was still delicious! I can't wait to try it with apricot juice! I also cut way back on the curry since we are a wimpy family as far as spice goes. Thank you Katherine! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2019
Wow! So delicious! Made this according to the recipe (little bit less red pepper since my husband’s not into spicy hot) and it was perfect. Served it over some brown rice. It will be part of our dinner rotation Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2015
Made this for dinner but ommited the dried apricot since I didnt have any on hand. it came out really tender and flavorful. My picky husband loved it! He even requested it for dinner the very next day. Read More