Apricot Chicken Recipe

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Apricot Chicken is a flavorful crockpot recipe that uses chicken thighs covered in a delicious apricot glaze. A favorite dinner with kids and adults.

slow cooker apricot chicken on a white plate

Apricot Chicken Thighs Recipe

This Apricot Chicken recipe is a favorite in my house. It’s packed with flavor and only requires a handful of ingredients, making it a budget-friendly choice for a crowd-pleasing dinner! Chicken thighs are cooked in a tasty sauce made with apricot preserves, French dressing, and onion soup mix. We love to serve this over rice to complete the meal.

What You’ll Need

  • Bone-in chicken thighs: Bone in chicken breast will work as well.  
  • Seasonings: Garlic salt or powder, Onion powder, Pepper, and Paprika
  • Sauce: Apricot preserves or apricot jam, French dressing and Dry French onion soup mix

How to Make Apricot Chicken

  • Season the chicken: Mix the seasoning together in a bowl. Sprinkle it over the chicken. Place the chicken skin side down in a large skillet. Brown the skin.
  • Make the Sauce: In a bowl, combine the apricot preserves, French dressing and onion soup mix. Mix well until combined.
  • Place the chicken in the Crock Pot: Place the browned chicken thighs skin side up in your slow cooker. Pour the apricot sauce over the chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve over white or brown rice and enjoy!
slow cooker apricot chicken on a white plate


Leftovers of this delightful Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • For those who prefer a quicker recipe, feel free to skip the browning part, but I recommend removing the skin from the thighs in that case.
  • This recipe is versatile, so you can easily substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts.
  • If you’re seeking a different flavor, Russian dressing can replace the French dressing.
  • For presentation and a pop of fresh flavor, consider garnishing the dish with scallions.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, there’s an easy solution. First, remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Then, stir 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into 2 tablespoons of cold water. Whisk this mixture into the sauce in the slow cooker to enhance the viscosity.
slow cooker apricot chicken on a white plate

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Crockpot Apricot Chicken

Apricot Chicken flavorful crockpot recipe that uses chicken thighs covered in a delicious apricot glaze. A favorite dinner with kids and adults.
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes



  • Mix the garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and paprika together.
  • Sprinkle over the chicken thighs.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat place the thighs skin side down.
  • Heat from about 5 minutes just until the skin starts to brown.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the apricot preserves, french dressing and dry onion soup mix.
  • Place the chicken thighs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Serve over rice!

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Calories: 983kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 1710mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 767IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg


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