This juicy slow cooker apricot chicken with crispy skin is in my humble opinion one of the best dishes you can make in your slow cooker. And it’s so easy!
This easy chicken recipe only requires 3 ingredients!
- Chicken thighs – with bones and skins for the best result.
- Apricot jam – sticky, sweet and delicious.
- Dried thyme – don’t forget to season!
How to make slow cooker apricot chicken
Add raw chicken thighs to a slow cooker, skin side up. Use a spoon or spatula to spread the jam over the chicken thighs. Try to completely coat the surface of the skin. Sprinkle with thyme, place the lid on top and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
Tips & substitutions
Here are my best tips to get this recipe perfect.
- Avoid removing the lid while the chicken is cooking, as this causes the slow cooker to loose a lot of heat. Doing this will increase the cooking time.
- If you use any other cut of chicken, like boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts, this might change the cooking time.
- Always use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 75 C / 165 F before serving it.
- For more tips, learn how to use a slow cooker.
You can store leftover apricot chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Keep in mind that the chicken skin might not be as crispy after storing it. If you don’t appreciate the texture of leftover chicken skin, you can discard the skins and bones, and shred the leftover apricot chicken. Use shredded chicken in sandwiches, salads, casseroles and more.
I love serving slow cooker apricot chicken with a light and easy side dish. Lemon and garlic rice, Pasta salad with roasted brussels sprouts and bacon, or sweet potato fries are all excellent options.
More slow cooker chicken recipes
Browse all slow cooker chicken recipes, or try one of these:
- Slow cooker chicken adobo – Tender chicken thighs flavoured with a Filipino style soy sauce and vinegar marinade.
- Slow cooker lemon chicken – Mediterranean inspired chicken thighs with lemon and herbs.
- Slow cooker chicken taco soup – This delicious taco soup is packed with beautiful flavours and shredded chicken.
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.