Plum Wonderful Chicken

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 55 mins

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. :-)

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.


Most Helpful

This sauce is the best!!! I didn't have the chile sauce so used Dragon Sauce (1 T) instead. It's amazing how the plum, lemon, soy and zing from the Dragon Sauce all came together so perfectly. My family really enjoyed their chicken. I don't eat chicken but kept tasting spoonfuls of the sauce while cooking. I'll be making it often and looking for other uses for the sauce. Maybe on baked tofu? Thankyou! This is really the best sauce I've made in a long time!

yogi February 08, 2003

This was delicious! I used "Thai Chili Sauce" and cut down the amount because it is quite hot. This was tangy and not too sweet. Thank you for a recipe I'll make again!

Paja April 05, 2003

omgosh is this delicious! I had to make a few adjustments, because I was using boneless chicken, cut into chunks. I browned the chicken slightly, removed it from the pan, and sauteed the onions, garlic and ginger. Then I added the rest of the sauce ingredients, brought to a boil, then covered and simmered for 5 minutes. Then I added the chicken back to the saute pan, covered, and simmered for about 5 minutes. The chicken was done perfectly--still juicy, and so tasty! I also added a little hot sauce to the pan. This isn't sweet like you may think it would be with the plum sauce and the lemonade concentrate, it's just so good. Served with white rice on the side, and there's also a lot of extra sauce to pour over your chicken and your rice! We'll definitely be having this again--thanks tt.

ciao March 30, 2004

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