Easy slow cooker apricot chicken with thyme

Apricot chicken in the slow cooker

Easy slow cooker apricot chicken with thyme

Have you tried using a slow cooker yet? If not, I highly encourage you to give it a go. This slow cooker apricot chicken is so easy to make, there is no way you could get it wrong. The result is an incredibly tender meat, slightly sweetened from the apricots. This dish goes with anything, and is easily adaptable to fit every family’s needs. It is a great option for a quick weeknight dinner, and a healthy dish that your kids will actually eat! For a low sugar and diabetic apricot chicken, make sure to use sugar free jam.

What do I need to make this slow cooker apricot chicken?

  • Chicken thigh fillets
  • Apricot jam
  • Dried thyme
  • A side dish or two
  • A slow cooker

Additionally, you can use whatever herbs or spices you prefer. Typically, dried herbs like basil or thyme pairs nicely with the flavors in this dish, as does spices like cumin, chili and turmeric. To keep this recipe simple, I only added thyme, but you could use whatever you have at home, or remove it altogether.

How do you make apricot chicken in the slow cooker?

Add the fillets to the slow cooker, and spread a few tablespoons of apricot jam on top. Cover, and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours. When it’s done, simply turn off the slow cooker, and plate along with your preferred side dishes. If you want to add some spice or any herbs, you can add some on top while cooking. Avoid opening the lid or stirring while it is cooking. There is no need to add any liquids or oil, as it won’t burn. Simply leave it until it’s done, and carefully lift straight from the slow cooker onto plates.

Apricot chicken slow cooker

Can you freeze this dish?

You can freeze this slow cooker apricot chicken for up to 3 months. Alternatively, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. This dish makes for a very easy meal prep, and can be combined with a number of side dishes. Defrost overnight in the fridge, or in the microwave for a quick meal.

What side dishes go well with this dish?

Sweet or neutral, light side dishes go great with this meal. Grains like bulgur, couscous, quinoa or rice works really well. If you want to have a salad, I think a simple salad with rocket (arugula), fresh apricots and almonds would be perfect. I served mine with thyme infused bulgur wheat, and fresh sliced apricots.

Apricot chicken in the slow cooker

This delicious, simple slow cooker apricot chicken is so easy to make, and makes a perfectly tender, sweet chicken. Simply add the ingredients, and leave it for 6-8 hours until ready to serve.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
5 from 5 votes
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot, chicken
Servings: 3
Calories: 180kcal
Cost: Cheap


  • Slow cooker


  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 tsp thyme


  • Add the chicken thighs to a slow cooker, skin side up
  • Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread the jam over the chicken thighs, try to cover the entire surface of the skin*
  • Sprinkle the thyme over the chicken, again trying to cover the whole surface
  • Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours, and serve.


*When spreading the jam on the chicken, be careful not to put any utensil that has been in contact with the raw chicken into a jam jar as this leads to cross contamination. Instead, temporarily move the jam to a small bowl or plate before spreading it over the meat.
This recipe is very simple, but this is actually just as easy as it sounds. You usually get the best results from slow cooker meals if you leave it with the lid on until it's done and ready to be served. There is no need to open the lid or stir the chicken. Don't worry - it won't burn! The chicken is ready after approximately 6 hours, but you can easily leave it for a few more hours. The chicken will just be more tender. I tend to start my slow cooker before leaving for work in the morning, and it's perfectly fine when I come back home in the evening.
Estimate 1-2 chicken thighs per person, and serve with your favorite side dish. 

Try other jams

Apricot chicken is a classic, but I think this recipe would be just as good with marmalade or cranberry jam.

Try other spices

I love thyme with sweet chicken, but you could definitely remove it, or replace with another herb or spices. I imagine cinnamon, coriander, basil and oregano would go great with this dish.
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  • Farah
    Posted at 05:55h, 26 August Reply

    5 stars
    Apricot and thyme are a match made in heaven. I love using my slow cooker in the summer and I think this’ll be my next recipe! Thanks for the great inspiration

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:57h, 26 August Reply

      You’re very welcome! The flavors are fantastic together 🙂

  • Adrianne
    Posted at 08:05h, 26 August Reply

    5 stars
    Oh boy, I bet this tastes delicious!! I can smell it from here (almost). Slow cooker meals are my fav and your recipe sounds delicious. I love the simple 3 ingredient recipe!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 08:16h, 26 August Reply

      It’s such an easy and tasty dish! This slow cooker apricot chicken must be one of my favorite recipes ever.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 08:34h, 26 August Reply

    5 stars
    I definitely don’t use my slow cooker enough – but you have inspired me to get it out of the cupboard and make this lovely dish,. Delicious 🙂

    • Tonje
      Posted at 09:17h, 26 August Reply

      Oh you really should! It’s such a time saver. This dish is definitely a great place to start.

  • Sylvie
    Posted at 08:53h, 26 August Reply

    5 stars
    I love the combination of fruit and meat so this apricot chicken looks perfect – and super easy – to me! The thyme is a great way to add flavour too 🙂

    • Tonje
      Posted at 09:18h, 26 August Reply

      Fruit and meat is so underappreciated! 🙂

  • Danielle
    Posted at 10:03h, 26 August Reply

    5 stars
    I love making chicken with fruits – they add so much to the overall flavor! And apricot is one of the best to use. The meat is tender and so juicy – can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 06:14h, 27 August Reply

      I agree! Enjoy 🙂

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