1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
2. Sprinkle the chicken with the spices, then arrange the dried fruit on top and around the chicken.
3. Mix together remaining ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over the chicken.
4. Bake for two hours covered and one hour uncovered. As soon as you remove the chicken from the oven, baste it with some of the gravy.
If you would like to use a whole chicken cut in eighths, I would recommend placing the tops in a separate pan with half of the dried fruit and sauce ingredients and baking for an extra 30 minutes covered and 15–20 minutes uncovered. Baste again with the sauce when it comes out of the oven.