This sweet, tart and spicy dish is easy and delicious! Perfect for everything from a weeknight dinner to a fancy lunch. And so customizable!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare rice according to package instructions. When rice is ready, stir in 2T butter until melted. Coarsely chop 6 apricot halves, and stir them into the rice. Spoon the rice into a prepared 9X13 casserole dish.
While the rice is cooking, combine the de-seeded jalapeño, apricot preserves, minced garlic, soy sauce, 1/4 t salt, and 2T syrup from apricot can in a food processor. Pulse until you have a smooth sauce. You can use less jalapeño if you are sensitive to spice.
Put chicken thighs in a large zip lock bag or bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken and make sure chicken is fully coated. Allow the chicken to marinate until the rice is nearly ready.
In a large skillet, melt 2 T butter. Sear the chicken (leaving the sauce in the bag or bowl) for 2-3 min on each side. You can deglaze the pan with some apricot preserves for some extra flavor, and then add this to the sauce. Place the seared chicken on top of the rice. Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake for about 30 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken is 175 degrees F.
Near the end of cooking, or after you remove the dish from the oven, garnish with extra apricot pieces and sliced jalapeño. Serve while hot. This dish also makes great leftovers.