We are so excited to share this easy and delicious recipe with you. Our Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken is a great dish for dinner. And when it only takes 4 ingredients, you know it’s a WIN!
Slow cooker apricot chicken is very moist, and the apricot sauce is sweet and tangy. Our kids often request this chicken for dinner. It’s the perfect dish for a busy night.
And you won’t believe how yummy it smells. Your whole house will smell amazing while slow cooker apricot chicken is cooking. You’ll definitely want to make this for dinner.
You do not need to brown your chicken breasts before placing them in the slow cooker. We actually put them in frozen and they turn out moist and perfect every time.
If you choose to brown your chicken first, season it a little with salt and pepper, or any other seasonings you prefer. Brown it in a very small amount of oil. It will add some flavor.
can this apricot chicken recipe be baked in the oven?
This chicken can be baked in the oven. You will want the boneless skinless chicken breasts to be completely thawed.
Place them in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Then pour the apricot/dressing mixture over the top.
Bake at 350 until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. It will need to bake for 30-40 minutes. Turn chicken breasts over halfway through cooking time.
how to make Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
To make slow cooker apricot chicken, you start with 4 simple ingredients. We love the simplicity of this recipe because you may already have the ingredients in your pantry or freezer.
In a medium sized bowl mix together the apricot preserves, Russian dressing, and one package of dry onion soup mix.
Stir those ingredients until well combined. We used a medium sized whisk to blend it well.
Place the chicken in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Pour or spoon the apricot/dressing mixture over the chicken breasts.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on low setting. After the chicken is done cooking, shred the chicken and stir around in the sauce to be sure it’s all covered with the apricot sauce.
We like to serve the warm shredded apricot chicken over rice. It’s a hearty dinner that everyone will love.
how to store the leftovers
If you should have any slow cooker apricot chicken left over, it tastes amazing the next day for lunch. We like to store the chicken and the rice separately in air tight containers in the refrigerator.
The chicken can be placed on a plate when ready to reheat, and microwave for about 30 seconds or until heated through.
If you want to serve it over rice and have some leftover, just reheat the rice in the microwave also.
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great side dishes to go with slow cooker apricot chicken
Any of these amazing side dishes will go great with apricot chicken.
- Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans
- Layered Cobb Salad
- Honey Lime Fresh Fruit Salad
- Easy Roasted Ranch Asparagus
- Mexican Street Corn
helpful items used in this recipe
- Mixing bowl – This is a great set of bowls that come in 3 sizes.
- Whisk – We love the stainless steel whisk, and the mini one comes in handy.
- Slow Cooker – This is a great slow cooker that will take care of your cooking needs.
Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe
- 1½ cups apricot preserves
- 1 cup Russian dressing
- 1 ounce packet onion soup mix
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- In a medium sized bowl mix together the apricot preserves, Russian dressing, and dry onion soup mix packet.
- Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
- Pour the apricot preserve mixture over the chicken.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.
- Shred the chicken and stir until it's all covered in the apricot mixture.
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Questions & Reviews
I think it would work fine to cook it on low for that long where your crock pot switches to warm. Let us know how it goes!