Chicken with Apricots & Olives

Chicken with Apricots & Olives

Carol Kicinski
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Mains
Servings 3


  • 0.25 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 0.5 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 0.5 large onion cut in half then sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 c filtered water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 ounces dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted Sicilian olives or mixed olives smashed
  • Paprika for garnish
  • 3/4 c dry rice of your choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the vinegar with olive oil and the thyme. Set aside.
  • Remove the skin and excess fat from the chicken thighs and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Combine rice with 1 1/2 c lightly salted water and cook on the stovetop or in a rice cooker according to package instructions.
  • Then, heat 1 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, in batches, meaty side down, and brown well on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot, add the onion along with a big pinch of salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
  • Add the vinegar mixture to the pot and cook, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and bay leaves, stir to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce is just beginning to thicken slightly. Add the apricots and olives, stir to combine, and nestle the chicken thighs into the mixture. Cover the pot and cook for 40 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the top with paprika and chopped parsley and serve over prepared rice.
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