January 28, 2019

Slow cooker apricot chicken

Slow cooker apricot chicken on a serving plate with a fork.

Chicken thighs are cooked until tender in the slow cooker with a sticky sauce of apricots, soy, and mustard, and then topped with sliced almonds for a bit of crunch. 

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Slow cooker meals are a favorite of mine. They are time savers and are something I try to incorporate into our meal plans all year round. 

Sometimes people consider slow cooker meals to be appropriate for the cold weather months only, but I love to make meals in them in the summer to save time in the kitchen. I find that they come in handy anytime of the year and any season.

This slow cooker apricot chicken uses only a few ingredients to make a flavorful chicken dish. I like to make this dish with boneless, skinless chicken thighs as they stay nice and moist in this dish. 

However, you can use chicken breasts if you prefer. Chicken breasts may take slightly longer to cook unless they are cut in half lengthwise and they generally do not come out as moist as thighs.

Slow cooker apricot chicken on a plate with sliced almonds on top.

This sauce in this recipe is made from dried apricots, apricot preserves, soy sauce, grainy mustard, garlic powder, water, and cornstarch. The flavor combination makes for a sweet, tangy, and a little salty combination.

Then when the chicken is cooked and ready to serve, it is topped with sliced almonds for some crunch.

Slow cooker apricot chicken is delicious served with rice and a vegetable or vegetables of your choice such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, snow peas, or asparagus. 

This is a great meal to try with kids since the apricot and apricot preserves add a bit of sweetness to the chicken.  

Give this slow cooker apricot chicken a try the next time you are wondering what to do with chicken, or the next time you want a pretty simple dinner.

Yield: about 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Chicken thighs are cooked until tender in the slow cooker with a sticky sauce of apricots, soy, and mustard, and then topped with sliced almonds for a bit of crunch.


  • olive oil, for greasing
  • 1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed, roughly chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I like low sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • sliced almonds, for topping


  1. Lightly grease the inside of the slow cooker with olive (or vegetable) oil.
  2. Arrange the chicken on the bottom, sprinkle with a little salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and add in the apricots.
  3. In a bowl, or large glass measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce through corn starch until smooth. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thickened. Check for seasoning.
  5. Serve with rice and vegetables. Top with almonds.
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Serving plate with slow cooker apricot chicken, rice, and vegetables.

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other slow cooker meals:

Slow Cooker Chicken, Stuffing, & Green Beans Dinner

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Butter Chicken 

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Ginger Chicken


  1. I love my slow cooker :-)) Love this delicious and fuss free recipe, Amy.

  2. I don't have a slow cooker, but I love having a slow braised cooking on the stovetop. Your apricot chicken looks quite yummy.

  3. I haven't tried anything similar to this before, it sounds great!

  4. This sounds great for my slow cooker! Nice and easy and tasty!

  5. Love the idea of apricot + chicken. Neat combo of flavors. This looks SO good -- thanks.

  6. i always have apricot preserves in my pantry for this very reason. :)

  7. Hi this is Kristina visiting from Foodie Friday. This looks great! Pinned

  8. Wow this look so yummy.

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