Sombrero Chicken

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September 5, 2014

Sombrero Chicken 5 0 5 41
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 5 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 5 mins

  • Yields: 4


1kg chicken pieces of your choice (fillets, drums, wings whatever you like)

1 packet of taco seasoning

1 jar of apricot jam (approx 450g)


1Place chicken in slow cooker.

2Combine jam and taco seasoning well then pour over chicken.

3Cover and cook on low for 4-6hrs depending on your slow cooker

4*This was SO yummy!*

Submitted by Paulene Christie


68 Reviews


August 16, 2022

This is my new favourite chicken dish- it’s absolutely delicious! I made it with 2kg of chicken drumsticks and used 2 jars of jam and 2 packets of taco seasoning. I pulled the meat off the bone, mixed it in with the sauce and served in tacos one night and in burritos the next. Hubby and my 2 year old licked their plates clean!


August 13, 2022

Bloody nice got the approval of the little minions

Tammy Sing

July 8, 2022

My family and I had this for dinner last night and was a huge win. My fussy teenager son even enjoyed without any complaints.
Will definitely be making it again. Ticks all the boxes. Simple, affordable and absolutely delicious


July 4, 2022

really enjoyed it very tasty my friend over in Texas love it


July 4, 2022

really enjoyed this and my friend in Texas loved it too

Tania Bomford

June 29, 2022

Super Yummy!
I have to be honest…. I really didn’t have high hopes for this one, but hey…. 3 ingredients, I’m super lazy sounds like it’s at least worth a try!
Well geez…. I was just so wrong! This very simple 3 ingredient yummy bomb of flavour is such a winner in our house, I looked up from licking my bowl out, to see my husband doing the same thing!
Nom Nom Nom 😋


June 19, 2022

Love this recipe, add zucchini, capsicum and carrots at the beginning. Crowd pleaser


May 31, 2022

This was amazing and loved by our family of 6. I used 4 chicken breasts and shredded before serving. We had it in wraps with salad. I’ll try with chicken drumsticks next time. So easy and tasty!

Gill Hay

April 13, 2022

My absolute favourite dish! It’s my go to for dinner guests. I serve it with mash and greens. I also line the sc with an opened oven bag so no sticky cooker to clean! Forever grateful to Pauline for recipes.


April 12, 2022

I’ve made this a few times now and it’s delicious every single time. I only use either breasts or tenderloins and it never fails. I serve it with mashed potato, sweet potato and mixed veg. So good.

Kerry Brown

March 8, 2022

5 star for sure. Hubby repeatedly said, yum, delicious and amazing 😋😋😋
I cooked with 10 drumsticks and served half with Microwave Mexican rice, carrots and beans. Shredded the remainder for tomorrow nights tea – sombrero chicken , mex rice , lettuce, tomato/ cucumber, sour cream on burritos.
Thanks Pauline, super great recipe!


February 17, 2022

This meal was absolutely delicious even the kids had empty plates most definitely will do this one again for sure

Sarah Vriesen

February 10, 2022

This was incredible, I used wings. It was so so good. The only regret I have is not trying this sooner

Lisa Bartlett

February 3, 2022

I made this tonight and it was fab, I wasnt sure about making it as Im not a fan of apricots and hubby isnt a sweet tooth but so glad I did we both really loved it, I only had home made apricot jam and I added Cayenne pepper as my hubby likes abit of spice, I will definately be making this a regular in our house, so quick and inexpensive. Thanks

Lisa Bartlett

February 3, 2022

Made this today, wasnt sure about it as Im not a fan of apricots and my hubby isnt a sweet tooth but OMG, it was delish, I only had home made jam and I added Cayenne pepper as my hubby likes a kick and it was of so good, I think it will certainly be a part of our regular feeds. Love that its so simple, we had ours with veggies. Thanks

Colleen Brown

December 18, 2021

So this recipe is becoming a favourite so I have made this for a BBQ and I have changed it from apricot jam to orange marmalade and had a little taste test it is yummy tastes a bit sweeter

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 18, 2021

I’m not certain but I feel like some have 🙂
Doing a quick search on our FB group might bring up these results

Gill Hay

November 17, 2021

I’m wondering if anyone has done it with beef? I absolutely love it with chicken.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

September 4, 2021

No heat to worry about Curley 🙂 Especially once it’s mixed with the sweet jam. You’ll be fine – our little kids love it no probs


September 3, 2021

This is so quick, so easy and so tasty! The family loved it 🙂

Curley Deb

September 2, 2021

Would love to try this, is the taco seasoning hot at all? , can’t eat hot spicy food. If so can I sub for something else?


August 29, 2021

I used apricots that I had stewed and added an onion. For the last half hour I added Asian greens. Totally agree with what everyone says this is simple and so tasty, will definitely be making again.


August 28, 2021

Loved this meal! I added sour cream, a tin of apricots, and lessened the jam. Also put in carrots and beans! Delicious!

Colleen Brown

August 16, 2021

Omg I loved it will definitely make it again

Georgie Millard

June 6, 2021

I have made this so many times and it never disappoints. Super tasty and so easy to make. I have given this recipe to so many people and have never had a complaint. Sometimes I slice up an onion and put it on the bottom just for a little bit more kick. Easy to make, not expensive but so delicious 😋😋

Georgie Millard

June 6, 2021

I have made this so many times and it never fails to please. Sometimes I slice up an onion and put that on the base for a little extra boost. I have passed this recipe to so many people to try and never had a single complaint about it. Super easy, not expensive to make and so tasty.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 10, 2021



February 9, 2021

Could you do it as a dump bag

lesley moonan

February 5, 2021

3 simple ingredients, so glad I found this recipe, I done this for my kid’s dinner tonight, served in taco shells with salad, my 5yr old devoured it, along with 4 teens. The term they used “dinner was banging”


November 28, 2020

Delicious! I used a jar of Beerenberg Apricot jam for this and I made a cheesy mashed potato to serve with it. Sauce was lovely..


August 14, 2020

We just used 2 chicken breast and one packet of seasoning and one 250g jar of Cottees jam. Turned out really yummy and served in taco boats with cucumber, capsicum, red onion, avacado and cheese. Fed 4 of us easily 😁

I’ven never tried that but if you do let us know how it goes 🙂

Kayleen Clay

August 9, 2020

Hi Paulene could you use beef steak instead of chicken…for something different??????


July 6, 2020

I love this one, I have found different brands of jam changes the flavour. Some make it taste more apricot. I found Cottees or IXL is better. I’m not an apricot flavour fan.


May 22, 2020

I love this recipe. It’s a favourite in my household!
I made it using a low sugar jam so it wasn’t as sweet.

I think that would give you similar flavours yep 🙂 No juice though so it’s still a similar consistency to the jam 🙂


May 17, 2020

Could you use a tin of apricots instead of a jar of jam? If I pureed them? Thank you

cheryl mccleery

May 17, 2020

love this recipe make it all the time and it’s so easy to do when you don’t have many ingredients


May 17, 2020

Great flavour, really simple, nothing needs to be added or altered in any way, cannot wait tthose this again under $10 to make with drumsticks ❤


May 1, 2020

My husband and I loved this. We made it with chicken wingettes, as that was all we had. Only three ingridents so it was simple and easy. I cooked it on high for about 4 hours in the slow cooker. Delish. Its been added to our fortnightly meal planner 👍.

Sarah West

May 1, 2020

Love this recipe! Used chicken breast (I think thigh would be better though), shredded breast in cooker in last hour and used to make chicken tacos. Delicious and so easy!


April 8, 2020

We absolutely enjoyed this. Hubby licked the slow cooker bowl clean. Well be making this again that’s for sure. Thank you Pauline for your yummy recipes

Yes you can Lyn, I did it with drumsticks two nights ago 🙂


March 18, 2020

Can u use drumstick with thighs ?


March 18, 2020

Great on pork chops too

Jodie Leemhuis

December 27, 2019

All I can say is WOW!!! I have been wanting to make this dish for quite a while now and I’m super pleased I finally did 🙂 Absolutely amazing flavour and this recipe is so very easy to make 😋👌 We couldn’t eat this fast enough 😂 Thank you for yet another delicious recipe Paulene Christie, we just loved this one 😋😍😘


November 11, 2018

Loved this so much, even my fussy kids loved this will definitely make this again.


August 31, 2018

Made this a wee while ago. We enjoyed it, will make again for sure. Love chicken in our house and always nice to have a new chicken recipe.

Robyn mcIntosh

April 20, 2018

Beautiful, I do mine with drumsticks and serve with rice or potato gems. Eat it about once a fortnight.


February 28, 2018

Very sweet added Dijon and parmasean thickened and served with rice, sweet potatoes chips and corn

Around 450g

A jar around 450g


July 1, 2017

This is delicious, will be making it to take to work for lunch next wk because I can’t get enough


July 1, 2017

How big is the jar of jam?

maureen quinn

July 1, 2017

how big a jar of jam do you use plz

Kylie Handley

June 30, 2017

Absolutely delicious! Such an easy dish and so much flavour. Thanks for sharing Paulene 🙂

Ellen Polomka

June 23, 2017

My daughter recommended this recipe to me. We loved it. Will definitely making it again. Plenty left over and lovely reheated.


December 14, 2016

made this tonight it was delish kids loved it , we added a little sour cream and served like we would tacos , id add a little more taco seasoning if you like things a little more salty . will be def making again.


December 11, 2016

Will definitely be having again. Added 1/2cup cooking cream to thickened sauce. Served with fried rice. Yum yum yum

Mega Seadramon

August 14, 2016

This is great. We have it in tacos. It is great for lunches the next day too.

Sarah Francis

August 5, 2016

Made this tonight and it was a big hit! So simple and easy.
Made it with chicken thighs then shredded it and added it back into the sauce. Served in tortillas with sour cream, tomato, lettuce and avocado.

cheryl mccleery

July 4, 2016

I love this recipe so much make it all the time my partner always wants seconds


July 2, 2016

Such a quick and easy meal to make. We certainly liked it and will definitely make it again!


April 27, 2016

Had this tonight. It was soooo tasty and mighty easy to prepare. Had with mashed potato and the sauce was great with it. Definitely have again!!!

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 19, 2016

Nice! 🙂


February 18, 2016

I did this tonight with whole chicken breast fillets and the shredded and added them back into the sauce for half an hour. Served in Taco Boats with lettuce, perino tomato halves, cheese, sour cream, avacado and Mexican salsa. Deicious!


February 16, 2016

Quick, tasty and inexpensive meal. I served with new potatoes and salad

Melissa Lee

November 30, 2015

My family and I absolutely love this recipe…so quick and easy to prepare and very yummy with rice and salad

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