Aromatic citrus chicken

A flavourful chicken dish, so easy to prepare, and this cooking method keeps the chicken juicy. The combination of tomato paste, citrus, spices and tangy apricots is so good.

Ready in

2 hours (including marinating time)

Serving size

Serves 6


  • 8-10 dried apricots, quartered
  • ½ cup (125 ml) strong warm Rooibos tea
  • 1 x 50 g (50 ml) sachet tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange (see tip)
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) paprika
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1,3 kg chicken breasts on the bone, excess fat removed (about 6-8 portions)
  • 1 orange in the skin, cut into thin wedges
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Soak apricots in Rooibos tea for 20 minutes or until plump.
  2. Mix tomato paste, oil, both the citrus juices and rinds, garlic, spices and parsley together.
  3. Place chicken with apricots and any leftover Rooibos tea in a large mixing bowl. Pour the marinade over and toss well. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  5. Spoon chicken with all the marinade into an oven dish. Place orange wedges in between the chicken and season with pepper.
  6. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and roast for another 15-20 minutes or until just cooked, but still juicy.
  7. Serve chicken and orange wedges with some of the sauce on a small portion of the sweet potato & bean mash. Or enjoy with any healthy side of your choice.


  1. When oranges are not in season, replace the orange juice with more strong Rooibos tea and add another 15 ml lemon rind. Replace orange wedges with 1 onion, cut into wedges.
  2. If the apricots are very dry, soak for 30 minutes.

Aromatic citrus chicken

This recipe is from the Dash Edition

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