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.
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
- 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.