Preheat the oven to 200ºC, Gas Mark 6.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken skin side down for 3-4 minutes until golden, transfer to a roasting tin. Place a whole sage leaf over each chicken thigh. Reserve 8 whole apricots.
Add the onion to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden. Chop the remaining sage and apricots and add to the onions with the oats and breadcrumbs, season and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Stir in 6 tbsp water. Mould into 4 large stuffing balls and add to the roasting tin.
Roast for 25-30 minutes, placing the reserved apricots on top of the chicken thighs half way through. Cut into a thick portion of the chicken to ensure it is cooked through, with no pink showing.
Serve with freshly steamed vegetables and roast potatoes.
Try replacing the apricots in the stuffing with dates or diced apple and toasted pine nuts.
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