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Crockpot Apricot Chicken Recipe

Crockpot apricot chicken is a sweet and savory main dish that’s easy and delicious! Just three hours in the slow cooker to make a delicious chicken even picky eaters will love. Apricot chicken is a new family favorite around here! 

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If you love sweet and savory combinations, you’re going to love this chicken. Apricots and Italian seasoning don’t immediately strike me as a great combination – but they are! You may be skeptical like I was, but I promise that it’s actually amazing!

Trust me, even my husband loved this (and he’s usually got some constructive criticism when it comes to experiments). Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed!

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The story behind this healthier apricot chicken

Since apricot season is almost in full swing I wanted to use them in a savory meal. Chicken and apricots sounded like a good idea, but when I tried to find recipes online they all included apricot preserves (sugar!) and some kind of processed dressing (more sugar!).

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So, I set out to make a recipe that would have all the delicious flavor these recipes boast but without all the sugar. I ended up using dried apricots since they much easier to access than fresh ones – so this recipe can be made year-round!

Many of the recipes called for salad dressing, so I decided to replace dressing with just a little oil, lemon, and Italian seasonings. The apricot preserves have been replaced with lots of dried apricots and a little honey.

How to make Crockpot Apricot Chicken

I love how easy this recipe is! A short ingredient list and only 3 hours in the Crockpot make for a simple supper.

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The one complicated thing I recommend doing is searing your chicken before putting it in the slow cooker. This helps keep the chicken flavorful and moist. If you don’t have time I’m sure it will still turn out, but I haven’t tried it sans searing.

Okay, here we go! First, mix up the apricot marinade:

  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (both are great)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Set the marinade aside for a moment.  Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Then slice half an onion and sprinkle half of the onion slices along the bottom, saving the rest to put on top of the chicken later.

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Now cut 2 pounds of chicken breast into thick slices. Slicing the chicken helps with portion control, quick cooking, and it allows the flavor to be more evenly distributed on the meat.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and generously salt and pepper it. Sear both sides for 1-2 minutes each, just enough to turn most of the outside of the chicken white. You’ll still see pink, which is just fine.
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Assemble the crockpot

Toss the chicken into the crockpot and sprinkle the remaining onions on top. Now pour in the apricots and dressing that you prepared before. Gently stir just enough to allow the marinade to get to all the chicken.

Place the lid on top and turn the slow cooker on LOW for 3 hours. It should be more than fully cooked, but double check to make sure the chicken is no longer pink and cooked to 165* F if you want to be safe.

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Serve on brown rice, ladling the extra juices/apricots/marinade from the crockpot onto the rice. It’s watery but very flavorful. Add a veggie and you’ve got a balanced dinner.

INSTANT POT Apricot CHicken
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You can also make this recipe in a pressure cooker – but with one small change. Make sure to add 1/2 a cup of chicken broth to the marinade so that the Instant Pot can get to pressure. The broth will make it runnier, but it will still taste great. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

Plus, when you use an Instant Pot you can saute the chicken right in the pot! Less dishes are always a good thing.

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We hope your family loves this Instant Pot or Crockpot apricot chicken as much as we do!!

Crockpot Apricot Chicken Recipe | Super Healthy Kids | Food and Drink

Crockpot Apricot Chicken Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 – cooking spray
  • 1/2 medium – onion
  • 2 pound – chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 3/4 cup, halves – Dried Apricots
  • 1 tablespoon – lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon – honey
  • 2 teaspoon – Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 3 clove – garlic
Directions
  1. Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Slice onion and place half in the slow cooker, reserving half for later.
  2. Slice chicken into thick strips. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Sear the sides of the chicken strips for 1-2 minutes each side, salting and peppering generously. The chicken will have mostly white sides but pink will still be present.
  4. Place the seared chicken in the slow cooker. Layer the rest of the sliced onion on top of the chicken.
  5. Mix the apricot marinade: 3/4 cup of chopped dried apricots, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons honey (OR maple syrup), 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 3 minced garlic cloves.
  6. Pour the marinade on top of the chicken and stir just enough to get the mixture spread throughout.
  7. Cook on LOW for 3 hours. Serve warm over brown rice, ladling extra marinade and apricots on top.
Serves 4-6.

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4 Comments

What a Wonderful Post !! My little boy was very happy when I told him “I’ll make this Crockpot Apricot Chicken for you”. A Big Thanks to Katrina Nelson.

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Susan

Hi Katrina,

How long do I cook it for if I make it on the stove?

Thanks!

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Hi Susan, I haven’t tried this on the stove, but I would imagine if you cover it and allow it to simmer on medium/low it would take between 10-20 minutes. Just make sure the chicken is cooked and the apricots and onions have softened!

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