The great thing about this Apricot Chicken recipe is, you can start cooking within a few minutes of lighting the fire and it only takes about 20-30 minutes to cook. No more grizzly, hungry kids waiting for dinner after a big day of exploring.
We cooked this one indoors on the wood stove , but it is exactly the same, cooking outdoors on an open fire.
Put a little oil in the pot and when it is hot, add the diced chicken and cook until the meat is just sealed. You can use any cut of chicken you like; breast, thigh or even chicken pieces. We used four chicken breasts for this batch; enough to feed the hungry hoards, but if you want less, you can reduce the amounts to suit. This quantity will feed four to six people, depending on how hungry they are!
HINT: When you are camping, you could dice the chicken at home to save time.
As soon as the meat is just sealed, stir through one litre of Apricot Nectar and one or two packets of French Onion soup mix.
HINT Add one packet of soup to start with. You can always add more later on.
Pop the lid on and leave it to cook while you prepare the veggies. Make sure the fire is not too hot. If it is, either raise the pot higher above the flames or move it to the side of the fire. It should be boiling well, but not too vigorously, in case it burns. If in doubt, a slow boil is better than a faster boil.
Taste test, at this point to see if you want more soup mix.
Add your chopped veggies. We used two large carrots, one tin of corn (drained and rinsed) and two cups of frozen peas. You can use any veges you fancy, but carrots, peas and corn are our favourites. You can also add some diced potatoes with the other veges or cook some rice separately. Or to keep it really simple, serve with some crusty bread rolls to scoop up the last of the gravy.
HINT: If you are using tinned peas, add them a few minutes before serving, so they don’t go a mushy!
Cook until the veggies are just tender. If the gravy is too runny, you can thicken it with a small amount of self raising flour, sprinkled over the top and gently stirred through.
Serve in deep bowls. Enjoy!