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  • 2 3½-pound chickens, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6–8 prunes, pitted
  • 6 dried apricots
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple


Place chicken in a baking pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat oil and stir in 2 tablespoons sugar to caramelize. As soon as sugar becomes light brown, stir in water. Add crushed garlic, salt, and pepper. Add another 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil. Dissolve cornstarch in a few tablespoons of cold water and stir into simmering mixture. Add dried fruits and pineapple. Cook for 20 minutes. Pour this sauce over pre-baked chicken and bake an additional 45 minutes until tender.

Serves 8–10.