Plum Wonderful Chicken

“I got this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook "Treasured Recipes". This is so delicious and has an amazing sweet and sour flavor without being too cloying. I, know that the frozen lemonade concentrate may put you off but please trust me on this one and you will not be disappointed--or at least I hope you won't be. :-)”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12-3 lbs meaty skinless chicken pieces (i use thighs and legs on the bone)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 14 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh gingerroot, grated
  • for the sauce
  • 13 cup chinese plum sauce (half an 8 1/2 ounce jar, I use Lee Kum Kee brand duck or plum sauce)
  • 14 cup frozen lemonade concentrate (I know, I know, I was thinking the same thing but just trust me)
  • 14 cup asian chile sauce with garlic (I use Kame brand chili with garlic sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use Kikkoman brand)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (I use Coleman's brand English mustard powder)
  • For the garnish
  • green onion, thinly sliced


  1. Over medium heat in a large skillet, brown chicken in hot oil for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken and place in 3-quart baking dish.
  3. Reserve some of the drippings.
  4. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat drippings left in the skillet.
  5. Add onion, garlic, and gingerroot.
  6. Cook until this mixture is tender and soft.
  7. Combine the rest of the ingredients and carefully add to the onion mixture.
  8. Bring to boiling and then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes.
  9. Carefully pour this mixture over the chicken in the baking dish.
  10. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F, spooning sauce over chicken occasionally, for 45-55 minutes until the chicken is done.
  11. Garnish with the green onions.
  12. *We like our dark meat chicken to be falling off the bone tender, so I usually depart from the original recipe by lowering the heat and cooking for a much longer time. The meat is so soft then and that's how we like it.

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