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Crock Pot Apricot Chicken Recipe is sweet and savory for a meal that your family will absolutely love. The apricot preserves combine with the soy sauce and ginger for flavorful chicken you won’t be able to resist.

Cooking apricot chicken in the slow cooker
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As a busy mom of 8, Crock Pot Recipes helps to get a delicious meal on the table. This Crock Pot Catalina Chicken Recipe or Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe are other family favorites. No need to run through the drive-thru, when you can make easy meals with simple ingredients that you at the grocery stores.

Why We Love This Recipe:

This easy apricot chicken thighs recipe reminds me a little of sweet and sour chicken but with a slightly different flavor. The apricot preserves really take this recipe up a notch. It combine perfectly with the Dijon mustard and soy sauce.

It is such a relief to come home and have this wonderful meal waiting for our family to enjoy. We all just love this dish and it can’t get any easier.


Ingredients needed for apricot chicken - chicken thighs, salt and pepper, onion, apricot, soy sauce, dijon mustard, ginger
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion, diced
  • Apricot Preserves
  • Soy Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Ground Ginger

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Variations Ideas:

  • Change Chicken – We love the flavor of the boneless chicken thighs, but you can also make this chicken drumsticks, chicken breast or chicken tenders. Another option would be bone-in pork chops.
  • Change the Jam – This recipe is delicious different types of preserves. Try it with apricot jam, orange marmalade or peach preserves or peach jam.
  • Vegetables – Another delicious variations, is add in vegetables. Diced up potatoes and carrots is a great addition to this recipe.
  • Dressing – You can easily substitute the Dijon Mustard for different types of Dressing. Try adding in French Dressing, Russian Salad Dressing or Catalina Dressing.
  • Seasoning – For a simple seasoning variation, add in onion soup mix. You can use the packet or make Homemade Onion Soup Mix. When serving feel free to squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top.

Step by Step Instructions:

Placing the chicken thighs in the slow cooker

Step 1 – Place chicken thighs in the bottom of a slow cooker. I used 6 quart slow cooker.

Topping the chicken with diced onions

Step 2 – Lay the onions on top of the chicken. This gives it such great flavor.

Mixing the sauce ingredients together in a bowl

Step 3 – Whisk together the apricot preserves, soy sauce, dijon, salt, pepper and the ground ginger.

Pouring the sauce over the chicken thighs and onions

Step 4 – Pour the sauce mixture over the top of the chicken.

Slow cooked apricot chicken in the crock pot

Step 5 – Cook Chicken on Low for 6-8 Hours. As it cooks it thickens the sauce.

Placing the chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil to broil in the oven

Step 6 – I like to put the chicken on a cookie sheet lined with foil and broil for a few minutes. The chicken gets nice and brown.

Recipe Tips:

  • Combine Sauce – Instead of adding the sauce ingredients individually in the slow cooker. I like to combine in a medium bowl to make sure everything is completely mixed together.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary based on your slow cooker and the type of meat you use. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken is cooked to 165 degrees.
Apricot chicken thighs on white rice on a plate

What to Serve with Apricot Chicken:

This apricot chicken is delicious served with many different side dishes. Serve the chicken over white rice or mashed potatoes. You can serve the chicken as a whole piece or shred it with a mixer.

Make sure to add a side of air fryer broccoli for a complete and delicious dinner idea.

Apricot chicken thighs on white rice on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I Need Brown Chicken before Adding to Slow Cooker?

There is no need to sear the chicken before adding it to the slow cooker. It is an extra step that is not necessary but can be done. We do however, highly recommend broiling the chicken after slow cooking it. This creates a delicious golden brown, crispy texture.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They leftovers will stay good for up to 4 days. We actually think they taste even better the next day. As the sauce really marinates into the meat.

Can You Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze this recipe before you cook it or after it has been slow cooked. Make sure it is completely cooled before freezing it. Store the chicken and the sauce ingredients in a freezer safe container or zip loc bag. It will stay good for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat:

Reheat the leftovers in a microwave or in the oven. You can also heat in a skillet if you prefer. It really depends on how much you are reheating on how to reheat. Microwave is a great option if you are reheating at work.

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Crock Pot Apricot Chicken Recipe

4.95 from 35 votes
Crock Pot Apricot Chicken Recipe is sweet and savory. Apricot preserves combine with soy sauce and ginger for chicken you can’t resist. Try this easy meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Broil 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 523



  • Place chicken thighs in the bottom of a slow cooker. I used 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add onions on top.
  • Whisk together the apricot preserves, soy sauce, dijon, salt, pepper and the ground ginger.
  • Pour over the top.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • When finished, remove chicken and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
  • Spoon the mixture over the chicken. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken begins to brown.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 523kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 38g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 221mg, Sodium 1097mg, Potassium 517mg, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 185IU, Vitamin C 1.1mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. You forgot to mention the soy sauce when adding ingredients. Can’t wait to make this. Looks so good!

  2. Pat – Thanks for letting us know. I corrected the post. The soy sauce is mixed in with the other ingredients to make the sauce for this recipe. Thank you again!

  3. Can you put the chicken in crockpot frozen, or does it need to be thawed?

  4. Hey there, thanks so much for this recipe! I wonder, though… I’d the 20 minutes for the pressure cooker/Instant Pot a typo? Boneless, skinless chicken usually takes no more than 5 minutes, so I’m wondering what I’m missing… thank you!

  5. I haven’t tried that yet but I think it would work great in this recipe! Let us know how it turns out!

  6. I made this for my family tonight and even the four year old ate it up! I cut the recipe on half and did it in the ninja foodi on slow cook and it was amazing. Definitely worth the extra step of the broil with sauce