Save Recipe Print
Sweet and Spicy Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs
Total:
1 hr 35 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
8 servings, 2 cups sauce
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
1 hr 35 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
8 servings, 2 cups sauce
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Apricot BBQ Sauce:
Chicken Thighs:

Directions

For the apricot BBQ sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chile and garlic; cook an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the apricot jam; cook until the jam melts, 3 to 4 minutes more. Pour in the orange juice and cider vinegar, bring to a simmer, and then add the ketchup, honey, Dijon and Worcestershire. Adjust the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Add salt to taste. Remove 1 cup for basting the chicken; reserve the rest for serving.

For the chicken thighs: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.

Place the chicken thighs on two foil-lined baking sheets. Lightly coat the thighs with canola oil and sprinkle liberally with the spice mixture on both sides.

Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 35 minutes. Turn the oven to broil. Baste the chicken with BBQ sauce and broil until the sauce has caramelized and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 160 degrees F, about 2 minutes. Remove to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes

Sprinkle the chicken with parsley, and serve with the reserved BBQ sauce.

When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.

My Private Notes

Add a Note
Get the Recipe

Beer Can Cauliflower

Move over, chicken. There's a new grill star in town.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Sweet Heat Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Sunny's Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs and Rice

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Spicy Plum Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Sweet and Sour Smoked Chicken Sausage and Apricot Skewers

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Broiled Chicken Thighs with Baba Ghanoush, Apricots and Cinnamon

Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito

Sweet and Tangy Slow-Cooker BBQ Turkey Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Check Out Our

          Get a sneak-peek of the new Food Network recipe page and give us your feedback.

          See it Now!

          Latest Stories