A Delicious Twist: Fig-Glazed Chicken with Apples

Fig-Glazed Chicken with Apples

Are you looking for a mouthwatering main dish that perfectly captures the flavors of fall? Look no further! We have a delightful recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Introducing our Fig-Glazed Chicken with Apples—a dish that combines the savory goodness of chicken with the delicate sweetness of apples, topped with a luscious fig jam glaze.

The Perfect Autumn Chicken Dish

In the realm of autumn chicken dishes, those that include apples are always a hit. Apples, the iconic power fruit of the season, absorb the savory flavors of chicken while infusing the dish with their own delicate floral perfume. Our Fig-Glazed Chicken with Apples takes this delightful pairing to new heights. As the chicken skin crisps in the oven, we brush it with a thick fig jam glaze, creating a sticky, sweet, and schmaltzy combination that is simply irresistible.

A Dish for Special Occasions

This recipe is versatile and can be enjoyed on various occasions. Imagine celebrating the first day of school with this delicious chicken, or gathering with your family on a crisp autumn Sunday after an afternoon of apple picking. However, this dish truly shines when served on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, where apples and other sweet foods symbolize our hopes for a sweet year ahead.

Let’s Get Cooking!

To prepare this flavorful dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 medium, sturdy baking apples, unpeeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2 medium onions, peeled, halved through the root, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled but left whole (or halved lengthwise, if large)
  • 8 thyme sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken (3.5-4 pounds), cut into 8 parts (or use a mix of thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1/2 cup fig jam
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional, depending on the sweetness of your jam)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
Further reading:  A Delicious and Easy Chicken Salad Chick Broccoli Salad Recipe

Now, let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Arrange the apples, onions, garlic cloves, and thyme sprigs in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Drizzle generously with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  3. Arrange the chicken pieces over the apple and onion mixture and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the fig jam, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Brush half of the fig jam mixture over the chicken pieces.
  5. Pour the chicken broth into the roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and lower the heat to 350˚F. Spoon some of the pan juices over the chicken pieces. Brush the remaining glaze over the chicken and continue cooking until the chicken is fully cooked (a meat thermometer should register 165˚F), typically 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken pieces from the oven and transfer them to a plate. Return the roasting pan to the oven, increase the heat to 400˚F, and let the apples and onions continue to cook, stirring once or twice, until fully tender, for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer the onions and apples to a serving dish, arrange the chicken pieces on top, and pour any juices from the roasting pan over everything. Serve hot, garnished with additional thyme sprigs.

Discover a World of Flavor

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we are passionate about bringing you innovative and delicious recipes that elevate your culinary experience. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying the flavors of the season, our Fig-Glazed Chicken with Apples is a delightful addition to your table.

Further reading:  Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets: A Flavorful and Allergy-Friendly Delight

Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ is your trusted companion in the world of cooking. Stay tuned for more exciting recipes, cooking tips, and culinary inspiration that will take your cooking adventures to the next level. Happy cooking!