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Apricot chicken thighs.
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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
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot, chicken
Servings: 3
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap



  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon dried 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.


Calories: 180kcal