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3-Quart Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe

My small-batch Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken is the perfect balance of sweet and savory and just enough for two. Keep a package of chicken in the freezer and the other ingredients in the pantry. With 5 simple ingredients, this flavorful chicken recipe is one of my favorites and I hope yours also.

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Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

boneless chicken, seasoning, jam and russian dressing measured on marble board.
  • Chicken Thighs – The thigh meat has a higher fat content and also more flavorful. You can substitute chicken breast however it tends to cook up drier than the thighs. Best to use chicken breast if you want to reduce the amount of fat.
  • Seasoning – Dried onion powder and ground black pepper are the only seasoning you need for this recipe. Some recipes use a onion soup mix but I find using onion powder and black pepper gives a cleaner flavor.
  • Apricot Jam – I prefer to use a lower sugar jam, the Bon Marman is just sweet enough, however, you can use whichever brand you like.
  • Russian Dressing – Catalina or French dressing can also be used.

Recipe Directions

Lightly spray the bottom of the slow cooker insert with vegetable spray. Season the chicken with onion powder and black pepper. Place the chicken thighs on the bottom of a 3-quart slow cooker.

Spoon the apricot jam over the chicken and top with the Russian salad dressing.

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. That’s it, so easy and tasty too!

Serving Suggestions

The recipe is loaded with a yummy sauce that goes great served over rice or with steamed vegetables. Also very tasty served with mashed potatoes.

Tools Used

  • 3-quart crockpot (←affiliate link) If you are looking for a programmable model this 3.5 quart slow cooker (←affiliate link) from Cusinart is also very nice.

How to store leftovers

Store the leftovers in a covered container and refrigerate for up to 2-days.

FAQ’s

How do I make my own Russian Dressing for the Apricot Chicken?

In a small bowl or measuring cup mix together 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 chili sauce, 2 teaspoons dried minced onion, 3/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 kosher salt, a pinch of dry mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir well.

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Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

With 5 simple ingredients, this sweet and savory chicken recipe is one of my favorites and I hope yours also.
4 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 692kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • ¾ pound Chicken Thighs boneless skinless
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black ground pepper
  • ½ cup Apricot Jam
  • ½ cup Russian Dressing

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with onion powder and black pepper. Lightly spray the bottom of the slow cooker insert with vegetable spray. Place the chicken thighs on the bottom of a 3-quart slow cooker.
  • Spoon the apricot jam over the chicken and top with the Russian salad dressing. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit,

Notes

  • If doubling the recipe use a 4-quart slow cooker.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g
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