I’ve been making this recipe for abut 15 years. It is one of those where if the guys know what’s in it, there is a chorus of “I’m not eating THAT!” But serve it up, tell them taste it and before you know it, the pan or crock pot has been licked clean. Not really, I have trained them better than that.
This can be made three different ways.
In the oven, in a 13×9 casserole, covered tightly with Reynolds wrap….(metal foil) Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until chicken is done.
On the stove top, in a Teflon coated saute/skillet. This method with give you the sticky caramelized consistency. The chicken will brown in this version, having a sticky coating. Cooking time about 25-30 minutes, if cooking boneless chicken.
Or the easiest way, in the crock pot. The chicken will soak up the flavors of the sauce; my house smells so good right now. Cooking time about 3 hours on low if chicken is fresh. About 2 hours on high and another 2 hours on low, if the chicken is frozen.
Whichever way you decide to make it, serve it over rice. Either from the rice cooker or the stove top. I like both styles of rice. When we had Japanese students stay with us for several summers, I bought a rice cooker. We used it EVERY day, we would buy the big bags of rice from Costco several times during the summers.
Before I forget, here is the sauce recipe that the chicken is going to cook in. This is doubled because we like lots of sauce.
“Mom when are you making that Chicken again?…”
2 envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 cup water (if desired…the soup mix is concentrated…normally making this as soup you would add 8 cups of water)
1 cup 1,000 Island Dressing (which ever brand you prefer)
1 cup apricot preserves – My favorite brand is Knott’s Berry Farm…but that’s probably not easy to come by in Australia. (Let me know.) : )
Pour this sauce over the chicken of your choice. We prefer boneless, skinless chicken tenders. Cook using the desired method, serve over rice. If you want some for your lunch the next day, I would suggest putting a serving aside for yourself before the guys start on seconds!