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Apricot chicken is savory, sweet and tangy, reminiscent of your favorite Chinese takeout dish.

Apricot preserves and Russian dressing are the secret ingredients in the sauce that you simply mix up, and pour over the chicken before putting it in the oven. 

We love to serve apricot chicken over rice with broccoli on the side for a satisfying weeknight meal. Some other great side options are rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, and air fryer broccoli

Apricot chicken breasts in a white baking dish, a gold serving spoon.
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Why We Love This Apricot Chicken Recipe

  • Only 5 Minutes to Prep! – Just mix up the sauce and pour over the chicken breasts.
  • 10 Ingredients – Only 10 ingredients including salt and pepper!
  • Sweet and Savory – The apricot preserves make the best sauce for both the chicken and to be poured over rice.

Ingredients

You only need 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper!) to make this super flavorful apricot chicken recipe.

  • Chicken Breasts – You want to use boneless and skinless chicken breasts. Pat them dry before seasoning, but don’t rinse or wash them.
  • Apricot Preserves – I like to use apricot preserves since they have chunks of apricots, but you can also swap in apricot jam.
  • Russian Dressing – This creamy and tangy dressing is reddish-orange in color. It’s similar to Thousand Island and is often used as a condiment for salads, sandwiches, and burgers.
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Yellow Onion – You can swap in white onion as well. Another option is to use a packet of onion soup mix – if you do this, then reduce the added salt.
  • Minced Garlic – Fresh minced is best, but you can also use the pre-minced garlic in a jar. Or you can use 1 teaspoon granulated garlic.
  • Spices – Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper
  • Soy Sauce – Opt for low sodium so you can control the salt content of the final dish.

How To Make Apricot Chicken

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

It takes only 5 minutes to prepare and less than 25 minutes to cook! Family-friendly dinner in 30 minutes!

Chicken – Season the chicken and arrange in a baking dish.

Apricot preserves sauce in a glass dish.
4 chicken breasts in a baking dish with sauce.

Sauce – Whisk the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken.

Baked chicken with apricot sauce in a white baking dish.

Bake – Bake at 400℉ for about 20 minutes.

Serve – Serve with rice and sprinkle with sliced green onion.

Recipe FAQs

Can other cuts of chicken be used instead?

This recipe can also be made using chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The recipe steps remain the same but the cook time may vary slightly. Thighs will take longer to cook, while tenders will cook quickly.

Is this recipe gluten free?

This recipe can easily be adjusted to be gluten free. The only ingredient that can contain gluten is the dressing, so make sure to use one that is gluten free.

What pairs well with Apricot Chicken?

I like to serve this chicken over white or brown rice. The sauce is delish with the rice! It also goes great with mashed potatoes. For an Asian flare, try serving with Egg Fried Rice or Chow Mein.

Different Cooking Methods

You can cook this chicken in the oven as directed in the recipe below, or in the slow cooker, instant pot or even on the grill.

Baked – This is the method I’ll include in the recipe card. It’s the one I make the most and the one I think works the best. Tender, juicy chicken and a sweet, sticky sauce.

Slow Cooker – To make in a slow cooker, place all ingredients in the insert and cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.

Instant Pot – If using an Instant Pot, select the sauté function to heat some oil, then brown the chicken pieces on both sides in the pot. Remove them add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until they are softened and fragrant. Add the sauce ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Return the chicken to the pot, coat well, then close the lid, set the valve to the sealing position, and cook on high pressure for around 8-10 minutes, followed by a natural release for 5 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure.

On the Grill – The sweetness of the sauce pairs wonderfully with the smokiness of the grill. Grill your chicken as you normally would (350-400℉ for about 3-4 minutes per side). After flipping the chicken the first time, brush the grilled side with the glaze and close the lid. The sauce will get nice and sticky as the chicken continues to cook.

Make Ahead and Storage

Leftovers: Store leftover chicken in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or freeze in a plastic freezer bag for up to 1 month.

Reheating: Reheat leftovers in a saute pan on the stove top over low heat, or microwave in 30 second increments. 

Make Ahead: Prep the chicken and sauce in the morning to make for dinner that night. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Bake as directed, adding 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

Make Ahead and Freeze: Add the chicken breasts to a freezer bag with the apricot sauce and press the air out so the bag is flat. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw the bag in the fridge for 24 hours before baking.

Helpful Tips

  • Dressing – French or Catalina dressing can be used in place of the Russian Dressing.
  • Slow Cooker Version – To make in a slow cooker, place all ingredients in the insert and cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.
  • Baking Dish Size – The chicken will cook faster in a 9×13” dish than it will in a 2qt baking dish due to the larger surface area. 
Small white plate with rice, green beans and orange sauce over a chicken breast.

More Easy Chicken Recipes

Recipe

Apricot Chicken

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Apricot chicken is sweet, savory and tangy, reminiscent of your favorite Chinese takeout dish. Made with apricot preserves and tangy dressing.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 cup Russian dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sliced green onion for garnish optional
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400℉ and position a rack in the center of the oven. Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Trim the chicken of any excess fat, season with salt and pepper, place in baking dish.
  • Whisk together apricot preserves, Russian dressing, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pour enough over the chicken to almost completely cover it.
  • Bake chicken for 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165℉ when an instant read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately over rice, garnished with sliced green onion.

Notes

French or Catalina dressing can be used in place of the Russian Dressing.
The chicken will cook faster in a 9×13” dish than it will in a 2qt baking dish due to the larger surface area.
Store leftover chicken in the fridge for up to 3-4 days or freeze in a plastic freezer bag for up to 1 month.
Make Ahead: Prep the chicken and sauce in the morning for dinner that night. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Bake as directed, adding 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
Make Ahead and Freeze: Add the chicken breasts to a freezer bag with the apricot sauce and press the air out so the bag is flat. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw the bag in the fridge for 24 hours before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 592kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 39gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1196mgPotassium: 813mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 347IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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