You can make this easy, flavorful apricot chicken in the oven, slow cooker, pressure cooker, or even on the grill. You just can’t go wrong with this recipe!
I have made this Apricot Chicken recipe FOUR different ways, all with great success. That’s really what I love most about this recipe. You can prepare it pretty much any way you like! You can have your chicken in about 25 minutes in the Instant Pot or you can have it be cooking for hours in the slow cooker. No matter how you make this recipe, it is going to be delicious!
Easy Baked Apricot Chicken:
This is actually the method I use the most. It is SO easy and I can prepare the rest of the meal while the chicken is baking. Baked apricot chicken goes great with rice or alongside a side salad. The leftovers are amazing served over green salad the next day (try it with blue cheese crumbles and vinaigrette).
Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken:
I like this method when I want to shred the chicken and put it over rice. The chicken comes out nice and tender and shreds easily. I also like this method for when I want to get dinner prepped earlier in the day. I love coming home and having dinner DONE.
Pressure Cooker Apricot Chicken:
This method is great when you are in a pinch and needing dinner done, like now. I have gotten the burn notice before when I haven’t put the water at the bottom of the Instant Pot first. Adding water to the bottom seems to fix this problem. You can serve the chicken shredded or as whole pieces.
Grilled Apricot Chicken
This is my favorite way of preparing the chicken in the summertime. The apricot mixture makes for an excellent glaze. We have also tried it over kabobs and it really brings out the flavor of the vegetables. Try it with peppers, onions, pineapple, and, of course, apricots! You won’t regret it.
Is Apricot Chicken Gluten Free?
Typically no, but it easily can be! Onion soup mix usually has gluten in it so if you are making this and wanting it to be gluten-free, check your labels! Catalina dressing is typically GF but again, check your labels to be sure.
Can Apricot Chicken be Frozen?
Absolutely! If you want to freeze apricot chicken, just put the raw chicken in a freezer bag with the apricot mixture, move the chicken around to distribute the sauce and then press the bag so it is flat and then freeze for up to 6 months. When you are ready to use it, just thaw the chicken and prepare any of the ways mentioned below.
What goes well with Apricot Chicken?
Apricot chicken goes well with plain brown or white rice. We love spooning some of the excess sauce over the rice. SO good. If grilling or baking, you can serve it with baked or roasted potatoes. A simple salad also goes well with this chicken. I like doing a side salad with vinaigrette and maybe some blue cheese crumbles.
How to make Apricot Chicken
Easy Apricot Chicken (only 5 ingredients)
Cut chicken breasts in half or into serving-sized portions.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine apricot preserves, Catalina dressing, onion soup mix, and Dijon mustard. Mix well.
Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Place chicken in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Pour apricot mixture evenly over chicken and bake 40-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour apricot mixture over chicken and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low heat for 4-6 hours. Serve as whole pieces or shred.
Put 1/3 c. water in the Instant Pot. Place chicken in the water and then pour the apricot mixture over the top. Place lid (make sure release tab is set to "sealing") and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and allow to natural release for additional 5 minutes.
Place chicken in a large sealing freezer bag. Place half of the apricot mixture in a bowl and set aside. Pour the rest of the apricot mixture in the bag with the chicken and place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
Grill chicken over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes on each side or until chicken is completely cooked through (internal temp of 165-degrees), brushing with remaining apricot mixture while grilling.