Apricot Chicken Curry

Apricot Chicken Curry


February 5, 2015

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yields: 5


1kg of chicken drumsticks (you can substitute for any cut of chicken - on bone or fillets - reduce time for fillets)

1 x 40g pkt dry french onion soup mix

1 diced onion

1 x 425ml tin of apricot nectar

1-2 tsp curry powder


1Lay chicken and diced onion in slow cooker bowl.

2Combine soup mix, curry powder and apricot nectar.

3Pour over chicken and cook on low for 6hrs approx.


5This recipe can be changed to mango curry chicken simply by swapping the apricot nectar for mango nectar

Submitted by Paulene Christie


42 Reviews

Trish Thomas

September 24, 2022

Made this tonight with chicken breast. Next time I would use thigh fillets for a more tender outcome. Very nice meal with lots of flavour. A few minor tweaks with an extra tsp curry powder, added a tin of apricots in juice that I blitzed and some dried apricots as well as the nectar, added garlic granules, added a heaped Tblsp mango chutney and some seasoning used tea towel method.
A very quick and easy recipe and I’m looking forward to leftovers in the freezer for work meals


August 7, 2022

I usually make this in the oven. Tried SC for first time. It was delicious. Followed recipe but used Chicken Lovely Legs. They were so tender. 5.5 to 6hrs in slow cooker. I used a Sunbeam Secret Chef 5.5L cooker

Karen Norfolk

May 1, 2022

Made this for tea last night. Absolute yummy. Even my partner enjoyed it

Brad Rowntree

April 20, 2022

I made this last night for the family and a definite hit. I used chicken breast and tried the tea towel method to make it less watery,

Brad Rowntree

April 19, 2022

I made this for tonight and it was a huge hit with the family. I used 500gm of chicken breast and added a handful of dried apricots. A definite add to our collection and will certainly try other SC recipes from here.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 24, 2021

Can you get a canned apricot in some sort of juice or nectar – you could blitz them
Failing that then yes I’d use fresh apricots a little pureed

Doreen Briggs

November 23, 2021

we don’t have apricot nectar in Egypt. The nearest is dried apricots. Could I soak the dried apricots and then blitz them, would it turn out nice? Or fresh apricots when in season. We also get dried apricots in sheets could i dissolve this.

Anne Nixon

August 24, 2021

I like to add a handful of dried apricots to increase the apricot flavour.

Buy canned apricots in juice and blitz them 🙂

Lyn Bryant

May 29, 2021

WE don’t have apricot nectar or any other nectar what to substitute it with

Ruth Tseglakof

April 30, 2021

This is a firm favourite in our household. I do like to coat the chicken in seasoned flour and sear first before putting in slow cooker. We had it on Tuesday this week, then with the leftovers, for the following night, after reheating, I shredded the chicken and added cooked pasta.


April 28, 2021

I didn’t really love this 😳 BUT I will say, to my shock, my 2 little ones ate it all up without a complaint which pretty much never happens so it was a win in that regard!


March 21, 2021

Yummy 😋 made as the recipe stated with 2kg drumsticks and it was so nice, hubby even liked it even though he said he doesn’t eat apricot chicken which now he does haha

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 15, 2021

3-4hrs low Paige 🙂


February 12, 2021

Hi there, how long should I cook chicken thigh fillets for ? 3hrs on low ?


February 9, 2021

I use 2 packets of French onion soup mix as well as a can of apricots and a drained can of pineapple pieces


December 22, 2020

Yum yum yum !!! First time making this. Followed exact recipe. So good! Even better the next day 👌🏼

Marie White

October 26, 2020

I made this recipe s couple of days ago and loved it. Even the fussy eaters in the house thought it was great. I add cooked rice for the last 30 mins which soaked up some of the liquid and was a great side. Yum!!!

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

September 7, 2020

Yep sure will “)


September 6, 2020

Will 4 hours on low be enough for 1.5kg of roughly chopped breast?


September 1, 2020

I made it with pineapple juice as that was what I had in the house. I’ve had it with the apricot nector before as well and both were delicious! Such an easy dinner

For breast fillet they would be done in around 3hrs 🙂

Rebecca Misson

May 13, 2020

how long would you cook in the slow cooker if you use chicken breast fillets…..4hrs?

Melinda Falla

April 28, 2020

This was the first time making this with the curry powder, such a simple recipe and so yummy, it was a big hit in this house hold and will certainly be making it again.

Joelle Harrison

November 21, 2019

If you want a thicker sauce. Combine the French onion and nectar and heat up first like you are making soup, either in a sauce pan or slow cooker if it can do the temp. Once it thickens throw everything in. I find if you don’t it doesn’t thicken up. I also double both nectar and soup as we love sauce.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 20, 2019

We like mashed potato and assorted side veg like peas, carrot and corn cobs


November 19, 2019

What would you have as a side dish.


May 8, 2019

Yum yum yum! Whole family loved it. I did 2kg of drumsticks a litre of apricot nectar an 4tsp of curry powder delicious

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 14, 2019

No need to brown, can still cut them up 🙂


February 13, 2019

Hi, do I need to brown meat before hand I’m trying to do sausage version.
Can I cut the sausage up

I use keens 🙂

Deanne Smith

January 5, 2019

Just wondering what kind of curry powder was used?


November 11, 2018

Have not long finished this for dinner tonight. The chicken was so tender juicy and succelent. I used to cook this in the oven but never again.

Katrina Attard

July 27, 2018

I added Carrots and Peas and was delish.


February 21, 2018

I used beef sausage was just as nice

S Rick

June 7, 2017

Giving the mango version a stab tonight…… Used chicken lovely legs, and had to sub spring veg soup as had no french onion, so added a diced carrot and some celery, plus some garlic and onion powder. Fingers crossed!! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

I’d give it a go 🙂


January 3, 2017

Would this work for a whole chicken to?

Depending on how many/how thick etc if they are whole I would reduce down to closer to 4hrs or a bit less 🙂


November 7, 2016

How long would you cook for, using chicken breast pleases?

Julie Clark

May 29, 2016

I love this recipe, have been cooking it for years when I had family at home loved by all (even the cat loved it, minus the onion ) only other thing I added was a tin of apricot halves.

Diane Ordasi

March 9, 2016

I have never used curry powder in apricot chicken before and found the flavour so much nicer 🙂

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