Apricot Chicken


August 21, 2014

Apricot Chicken 5 0 5 16

A family favourite growing up!

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • 5 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins

  • Yields: 4


1kg chicken of your choice (drumsticks, thigh or breast fillets, wings)

1 40g pkt dry french onion soup mix

1 diced onion

One of the following: 1 425ml tin of apricot nectar OR 1 jar apricot jam OR 1 tin apricot pieces in juice


1Lay chicken and diced onion in slow cooker bowl.


3Combine soup mix and apricot option of your choice


5Pour over chicken and cook on low for 4-5hrs approx.



8This recipe can be changed to mango chicken simply by swapping the apricot nectar/pieces for mango nectar/pieces

Submitted by Paulene Christie


54 Reviews


May 10, 2022

Loved it. So quick and easy. I used whole thigh fillets.

Kerry Brown

November 24, 2021

Another favourite.
Delicious with plenty of sauce.
I added carrots too and served with potato n sour cream plus corn cob.


March 25, 2021

Can I use dried apricots if i soak them overnight also use sheets of apricot soaked to make juice. Thank you

Yes you can make it mango chicken with pureed tin of mango in juices or with straight mango nectar

Anne Humpage

February 28, 2021

Can you do this with any other fruit?

Tracey Davies

January 14, 2021

Enjoyable mild apricot sweetness and flavour used nectar and apricot pieces and chicken breast.

Holly Lynch

August 17, 2020

Thanks Slow Cooker Central! Have to say this recipe was very delicious! No complaints from any of the family & will be making it again! 😋👌🏼


April 9, 2020

Really enjoyed this recipe as did the family. So easy and the aroma was delicious. I did add half a teaspoon of curry powder, as suggested by others, to add a little more flavour and next time will probably do a full teaspoon. I also added two pinches of salt. I used 600ml apricot halves in nectar. The apricot completely pulverized and the chicken became shredded chicken which we love. Although a bit runny, it was delicious with rice and asparagus.

Kim Willard

January 22, 2020

I cooked this for my family they really enjoyed it will be added to the list of favourites

You can leave the curry out for sure. Go with apricot nectar for less sweet than the jam or fruit options


August 27, 2019

Hubby doesnt like curry so I’m wondering if adding that will alter the flavour too much for him? What else could I possibly add instead to bring the sweetness down?


July 1, 2019

Apricot chicken was great used thighs and followed recipe using nectar only.
Most of us enjoyed it however will try adding a combo of apricot pieces and nectar next time.

Tonight we have the mango version on the go… of course i forgot id onky grabbed 1kg chicken and added both a tin of mango pieces in juice and mango nectar so it will be extra saucy haha…. upside im hoping i can thicken tge remaining sauce and use more as a gravy for a basic chicken and veg night later in the week.


June 25, 2019

Yummy!! A hit with most of the family. Served with Brown rice and steamed greens. One change I made was a couple of teaspoons of corn flour to thicken the sauce as it was a little thin. Will make again

No water 🙂


April 3, 2019

If using a jar of jam do I need to add water

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 16, 2019

You can make your own 🙂 HERE


February 14, 2019

Where would I be able to buy French onion soup mix in the UK please I’ve looked in most shops and been unable to find it, or is there a substitute that I would be able to use instead please. Thanks

I do find breast more dry than others myself but many love it still 🙂


January 26, 2019

I have a heap of chicken breasts and want to cook this dish. Has anyone tried this? Does breast end up dry?

Sure is yummy with curry 🙂 >> Apricot Chicken Curry

Emma Perrie

October 24, 2018

Great recipe, thanks for sharing another winner! Have this in the slow cooker right as I type this! I added a little curry powder too, which is sort of like a hybrid of Apricot Chicken’s cool cousin, curried sausages, and apricot chicken.

Brooke G

July 18, 2018

I never liked apricot chicken as a kid but I do like this recipe. I use the tin apricot pieces in juice. I have tried drumsticks but did not like that option as they fell apart which is a good thing but was not good for me to try picking out all the little bones before serving haha. I found breast to be a bit on the dry side, and thigh perfect. I cut the thighs into halves/quarters. Serve with rice and steam veg. It says 4 serves but I found this to actually serve 2 nights of dinners for 2 adults and 2 children plus 1-2 lunches for hubby so it goes a long way (although I suppose it depends how much chicken you are having on your plate).


June 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this meal, so much nicer than when I’ve attempted it before using sachets and cooking it on the hob. Used tinned apricots in juice, delicious. Family rated it 8/10.

You don’t have to 🙂
Here’s the pros and cons, the rest is personal choice >>


April 19, 2018

Hi there. Just wondering, Do you have to brown the chicken prior to placing in the slow cooker?

Jessica Furlong

April 10, 2018

Cooked this for dinner last night. I added a teaspoon of curry powder about half way through. So delicious. The chicken drumsticks were falling off the bone and I served it up on a bed of rice.

Clarissa Muddle

April 10, 2018

Love this, so easy! And generally already have everything in the pantry already. Hubby and toddler approved…will be trying with mango next 🙂

If you are using the nectar also just add the fruit only 🙂


March 26, 2018

Hi Paulene
If I want to use nectar & apricots do I add any juice from the apricot can?

I’ve not tried to do that but as you can rehyrdrate them with hot water soak I don’t see why not … however why not just put them into the slow cooker dry? The cooking process and liquids will do the job for you with no extra steps needed 🙂


October 16, 2017

Could I use dry apricots if I soak them in water to soften them and use the water they were soaked in?

Sally C

August 18, 2017

Lovely!! I left mine on low for 7 hours which meant most of the chicken was falling off the bone but so delicious!


July 31, 2017

I absolutely love this dinner

It’s delish
If you search MANGO CHICKEN we have lot’s of versions 🙂


July 5, 2017

Wonder what the Mango would be like

Jody Kingelty

June 5, 2017

So simple yet amazing. Had this tonight. Only thing I added different was a cup water, rice flour, curry powder and garlic. An absolute winner

You should seriously consider trying then submitting your version too!
Sounds very unique!


May 31, 2017

Have a stove top recipe similar to this that uses cream. I have put all in slowcooker except the cream and going to add that about half an hour before serving. fingers crossed it going to come out ok. It also has mixed herbs, curry powder and garlic in it. It is a recipe my friend gave me as he had a creamy apricot chicken years ago from a place and been trying to find a recipe, most of them just have a glaze type sauce but he wants creamy(and we can only seem to find stove-top not slowcooker recipes) I prefer to use slowcooker.

Sure 🙂

No it goes in raw and cooks on the day 🙂


May 21, 2017

Also, would I be able to use an apricot chicken sauce jar/packet rather than the juice etc.


May 21, 2017

Do I cook the chicken first if I’m making freezer bags? Thanks

Yes 🙂


April 8, 2017

If you do the pieces do you add the juice too?

Sure you could, a little less time would see it done even
3.5hrs if you need it a little sooner perhaps but 4.5hrs will still work great 🙂

Tania Wirt

August 24, 2016

Pauline, would like to cook this in the next week but was wondering if I used fillets could I cut them into bite size pieces and cook for say 4.5 hours.

Thanks Kerry 🙂


August 16, 2016

Loved this…I used the apricot nectar & a tin of apricots using only half of the juice. To counteract the sweetness I also added a tspn of Moroccan la karma spice ( Moroccan seasoning or a mild curry powder will sub in nicely) & 1/2 tspn of chicken stock powder. On low for 5 hours using Maryland pieces & it was fabulous. Thank you

I think you could – give it a go and let us know 🙂

Karen burns

June 18, 2016

Hi could you changed the chicken for pork. I really enjoyed the chicken was just wondering .


April 6, 2016

Not bad for how easy it is! Literally throw everything in, set and forget! Only have to cut the onion. We served with rice and the family approved.

Tricky Nicky

March 28, 2016

If too sweet a tsp of curry can break up the sweetness ?

Thanks for your feedback Rita 🙂
Which version did you try of the options given? (the jam would of course be the sweetest, then the nectar than the pieces)

Rita Price

March 2, 2016

Sorry didn’t like this recip, way to sweet for our taste

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