Roasted Chicken Thighs With Tangy Apricots and Carrots
As with J. Kenji López-Alt’s mayo-marinated chicken or Ali Slagle’s ginger-lime chicken, this streamlined recipe takes advantage of the best qualities of mayonnaise. Here, serving as both chicken marinade and cooking fat, mayonnaise underpins a sweet and tangy sauce warmed through with chili powder (the spice blend used for chili, not powdered chile peppers). Dried apricots, rehydrated in the pan juices, add delightful morsels of tangy wonder. This recipe features roasted carrots, but you could use any vegetable you like: Sliced red onions and parboiled fingerling potatoes are just a couple of ideas. Serve with white rice or other grains.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ¼cup apricot preserves
- ¼cup mayonnaise
- 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
- 1tablespoon fish sauce
- 2teaspoons chili powder
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- ½cup dried apricots (about 3 1/2 ounces)
- 1pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each cut in half
- 3to 4 medium carrots, thinly sliced into coins (about 1 pound)
- Fresh herbs, such as cilantro, parsley and mint, for topping
- Cooked white rice, for serving
Step 1In a large bowl, whisk together the apricot preserves, mayonnaise, lemon juice, fish sauce, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Tear each dried apricot in half at its seams, so each apricot becomes 2 flatter pieces. Add the apricots and chicken to the bowl; toss to evenly coat. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
Step 2When ready to cook, heat the oven to 425 degrees with a rack set in the center position. Line a large sheet pan with parchment.
Step 3Add the carrots to the chicken mixture and toss to evenly coat. Spread the chicken and carrot mixture in a single layer on the sheet pan. Roast, rotating the pan halfway through, until the chicken is light brown and the carrots begin to shrivel, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and lemon juice as desired. Top with fresh herbs and serve with rice.