Chicken thighs are excellent in a casserole, being very tender and full of flavour. Fresh apricots and a bulb of fennel make good partners, especially when spiced up with cumin.
*Replace the apricots with 1 fresh mango, cut into slices or chunks. Sprinkle with fresh coriander instead of fennel leaves.
*Use 1 can (about 400g) apricot halves in natural juice, drained and cut in half, instead of fresh apricots.
*Plain boiled rice, or saffron rice, is a good accompaniment to this dish, as are boiled new potatoes or baked potatoes.
Both apricots and carrots provide some vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which gives them their distinctive colour, but carrots are by far the better source, providing about 20 times more of this nutrient per 100g (3½oz) than apricots do. Vitamin A is essential for proper vision and increasingly valued for its role as an antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer and coronary heart disease.