Apricot Chicken

A family favourite growing up!

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Apricot Chicken

A family favourite growing up!
5 from 3 votes
Serving: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes


  • 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


  • Lay chicken and diced onion in slow cooker bowl.
  • Combine soup mix and apricot option of your choice
  • Pour over chicken and cook on low for 4-5hrs approx.
  • *note*
  • This recipe can be changed to mango chicken simply by swapping the apricot nectar/pieces for mango nectar/pieces

59 thoughts on “Apricot Chicken”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

    1. 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 🙂

  7. Clarissa Muddle

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

  8. Jessica Furlong

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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

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

  19. Hi
    Made this yesterday
    I used drumsticks- yum
    And l added two teaspoons of curry powder, fried off with the onion, before l added other ingredients ( used a tin of apricot and nectar)
    Will make it again but do 3 teaspoons of curry powder, for my fussy hubby also will try with Maryland chicken as per request from hubby
    Served with rice delicious

  20. Ruvae Harrison

    5 stars
    Made this for tea last night. Was so yummy. I used tenderloins. So easy. I used apricot nectar. Served with rice.

  21. 5 stars
    Made last night. SOOO good!
    Used chicken thighs and a 375g jar of Apricot conserve and the French onion soup mix. Never going back. Partner said it was the yummiest apricot chicken I’ve made to date. Next time will add a few chopped apricots also.

  22. 5 stars
    Excellent, tasty recipe that my grand daughter likes. . I also add some apricot halves.
    When I am cooking it just for myself, I also add 4 teaspoons of Keens curry and sometimes a can of coconut milk.

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