Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe

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My husband and I have set a goal this year to not go out to eat as much.  I have trouble cooking when I’m pregnant because nothing seems to smell very good, so it is easier to go out.  I can, however, throw frozen chicken breasts and three other ingredients in a crock pot!  The sauce has a delicious sweet and tangy taste.  Our whole family loved it and it smelled fantastic (which is saying a lot, because nothing seems to smell good to me).


Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe:

1 1/2 cups apricot preserves
1 cup Russian dressing (I used Wishbone brand)
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
6 chicken breasts

Mix together the preserves, dressing and soup mix.  Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker; pour mixture over chicken.  Cover and cook on High for 1 hour.  Reduce heat to Low and continue cooking for 3-4 hours.

*Before serving, I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  We served our chicken and extra sauce over rice.* 

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness! This is my husband’s favorite chicken and it is SO easy to make and always tastes delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe! I usually end up calling my mother-in-law for it because I forget the quantities.

  2. says

    This is one of my favorite recipes! I serve it over brown rice, and it makes for super yummy left overs as well! Thanks for posting the recipe, as I always just “eyeball” it and it always turns out differently (and I like consistency).

  3. says

    Made this for the second time last night. The first time I made it with Thousand Island dressing because I couldn’t find Russian. The second time I found Russian dressing but I accidentally bought Apricot Pineapple preserves and it was still great. This recipe seems fool proof. Love it!

  4. says

    Has anyone tried cooking it on low for 8 hours instead of the high for one, low for 4? I usually turn my crockpot on at 7 am and it switches over to keep warm at 3 pm. The recipe sounds good, but I might have to save it for a weekend, if it can’t be left on low all day.

  5. says

    oh my goodness. I made this today. I put frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot before I left for church. I started it around 9 on low and it cooked until we got home, around 2:30. It was amazing!! I will be making it again. Thank you!!!

  6. says

    This sounds so good! I have a very similar recipe using a can of whole cranberry sauce, an 8oz bottle of French dressing and the onion soup mix. It’s so easy and so yummy, especially over rice. I’m definitely going to try your recipe too! :)

  7. says

    I make something very similar to this, except I make a huge batch of it, and I use Creamy French dressing in addition to the Russian. So, 5 lbs of chicken, a whole bottle of Creamy French, a half size bottle of Russian dressing, 18 oz jar of apricot preserves and the onion soup mix. I tried it this way first, and I’ve never wanted to go without the Creamy French. I serve it over rice as well. I shredded some leftovers once and put it in a corn tortilla and it wasn’t bad! My 5 yr old daughter begs me to make it! :)

  8. says

    Do you think I could combine the other ingredients and throw them in a bag with the chicken for a freezer meal? I know it is easy as it is, but it is for someone else who really can’t think about cooking right now so I’m trying to make it as easy as possible.

  9. Dori says

    My mom made this my entire childhood,except she called it Russian Chicken, and made it with whole chicken pieces in the oven, slowed baked in a Pyrex. Its always been one of my (and my whole families) favorites!! I think I will try it in the crock now.

  10. Grammy says

    I make my own. I’d leave the pickles out for this chicken recipe.

    Russian Dressing

    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    2 tablespoons pickle relish
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

    Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Dressing can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.

    • Cyd says

      We have never used Simply Fruit Apricots, but if it is close to the consistency of Apricot preserves, it should work just fine. You could use french or thousand island dressing in place Russian, but the taste will be different.

  11. Laurie says

    I cannot wait to try this! I like to double, and even triple meals that I make and freeze the “extra” meals to give away to family or friends in need of a meal, or have another meal for my husband and myself in another week or two and this will be perfect for that! I think the chicken would also be great sliced and put in a lettuce salad or in a wrap.

  12. Mel B says

    HI! I have made this recipe many times and it has become a regular crock pot meal.So good, and easy…
    I have used this sauce recipe with a bag of frozen turkey meatballs and this is so delicious we have named this recipe AMAZEBALLS. Because the frozen turkey meatballs do not give off the liquid as chicken would, the sauce has a thicker consistency which is absolutely wonderful!
    Thanks for the great inspiration!

  13. Teri G says

    I had fresh apricots I needed to use up so I pitted and cut them up and sprinkled with sugar and let sir till juicy then I roughly mashed up… Also no dressing .. so added honey mustard and a1 mayo to the apricots .. tasted and was super yummy… Also added a hand full of graded zucchini just for a sneak in veggie. In crock pot now :)

  14. Melody says

    I was looking forward to making this dish but there is one problem. Did you know that dry onion soup mixes have MSG in them? allergic. is there anyway to make a substitution and break down the ingredients in that mix individually minus the msg?

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