Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken is crispy, sweet and savory with just five ingredients. The perfect busy weeknight dinner! Includes recipes for homemade onion soup mix and French dressing!

We love easy slow cooker chicken recipes like Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic ChickenSlow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken and Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken.

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
 Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow Cooker time folks! This Apricot Chicken is one of the easiest slow cooker recipes you’ll ever make too.

Most people love the set it and forget it nature of crock pots but this recipe asks you to spend just a few more minutes to create a crispy, juicy texture to the chicken you never think of with crock pots!

Brown Chicken Before Adding to the Slow Cooker

Brown the chicken before it goes into the slow cooker. Nothing fancy, just season it and brown it in a bit of oil (or even no oil) before putting it in the slow cooker. This adds depth of flavor, lots of texture and renders out some of the fat the slow cooker may leave behind.

Then, when you’ve finished cooking the Apricot Chicken in the slow cooker you’ll remove the chicken, cover with the additional sauce and finish under the broiler for just a couple of minutes.

Yes, I know it takes more than just the slow cooker, but I promise the efforts will be well rewarded.

Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts?

No, please don’t. For a couple of reasons, but mostly because you must understand a slow cooker relies on a longer cooking time which can dry out white meat or even unprotected dark meat. Bone-in cuts of chicken provide some protection and the skin provides protection for the parts of the chicken that are not covered in sauce or liquid.

If you’d prefer to use these cuts I’d highly recommend you stick to oven or stovetop cooking. Perhaps even an instant pot? You can quickly sear chicken breasts and coat them in the apricot glaze.

Can you substitute pork for chicken?

Yes, pork is a great replacement for chicken in many recipes including this one. If you’re going to substitute pork I would do it with a larger cut like a loin or a pork shoulder. Brown the pork before adding it to the recipe just as you do the chicken in this recipe.

Can I use something other than Apricot Jam?

YES, absolutely. We love apricot but have also made the recipe with orange marmalade, peach jam, fig preserves, mango chutney, pineapple jam and more.

Can you use fresh apricots?

Yes and please invite me over for dinner if you do. Every summer when there is a bumper crop of fresh apricots I love making savory meals with fresh apricot sauce. Apricots are a delicious fruit and work great in cooked savory preparations.

What do you serve with Apricot Chicken?

We love serving this chicken with rice, brown rice, couscous or quinoa on the side. We also add steamed or roasted vegetables like broccoli, green beans and carrots.

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken


Mix together the following to replace one packet of dried Onion Soup Mix

  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

I make this onion soup mix recipe in bulk and use about 1/4 cup of the seasoning in place of one packet. By volume you’d think it should be more than 1/4 cup but the onion flakes make pockets where the seasoning goes, so about 1/4 cup is perfect.


Whisk together the ingredients in a bowl or combine in a small food processor or blender.

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated chopped onion, with juices squeezed out
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

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Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken is crispy, sweet and savory with just five ingredients. The perfect busy weeknight dinner! Includes recipes for homemade onion soup mix and French dressing!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword apricot, crockpot, slow cooker, slow cooker apricot chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 8 hours
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 279 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 5 chicken thighs , bone in and skin on
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup French dressing
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme , chopped


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the cast iron skillet, skin side down browning each side for 3-5 minutes before adding to the slow cooker skin side up.

  2. In a bowl add the rest of the ingredients and whisk them together and pour half the sauce over the chicken, refrigerating the rest.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours then remove the chicken to a baking sheet.

  4. Cover with remaining sauce and broil on high under your oven's broiler for 1-2 minutes or until bubbly and caramelized.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 963mg42%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I NEED HELP! I so can I salvage the leftovers (3 thighs and lots of sauce) from a way too sweet apricot dinner. I’m a good cook, but I feel really stupid and hate to give up.
    BLUNDER: I was using ingredients from your recipe, but following directions and suggestions from several similar recipes. Somewhere during the process I got distracted and failed to measure the ingredients, but poured each bottle, jar and packet into the crocket on top of the chicken. (2 bottles catalina, 2 jars apr. jelly, 2 packets onion soup). RESULT TOO SWEET: Can I resurrect this meal with fresh chicken thighs. one cup of leftover sauce and a not so sweet jelly you might kindly suggest? I see potential.

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this. You can usually balance out sweetness by adding lime juice or vinegar (which might make it tangy). How did it all work out?

  2. This was absolutely delicious! I normally shy away from crockpot recipes that require me to cook on stove top and/or in the oven. I’m glad I didn’t skip over this one.
    I used Catalina dressing since that’s what I had. Moist, flavorful with a nice bit to it. My family loved it! It will be added to my regular rotation. Thank you so much for this one!

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