Baked apricot chicken is sweet and sour main meal. This easy chicken recipe can be a regular dinner idea or served for holidays. Healthy main dish will be ready in one hour!
This baked chicken can be served with barley, rice, potatoes or any other side dish. Imagine succulent chicken with sweet and sour apricot sauce! I’m sure this will become a family loved recipe.
The apricot sauce is simple and delicious and compliments the chicken perfectly! Moreover, it is one of the healthiest dinner ideas, if you are using our homemade apricot jam as a base.
Make your baked chicken breast more appealing and sweet! This is an easy chicken dinner idea for your family.
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-less. Just simple flavors of chicken and homemade apricot sauce.
Homemade apricot sauce turned into sticky apricot glaze for chicken is so delicious, your family will love it!
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Fresh or dried apricots for chicken apricot sauce
I used fresh apricots to make homemade apricot jam. You can use a store-bought jam or preserves for this sauce recipe. But check the amount of sugar, as it will be much sweeter. In this case you don’t need to use honey to make this chicken recipe.
We recommend our homemade apricot jam recipe for making apricot sauce for the chicken! It is much healthier and sugar-free. This is a perfect use of fresh apricots!
If you wish, you can add 1/2 cup of dried apricots to the chicken before baking. It will add a pleasant sweetness to the final dish.
How to store apricot glazed chicken
Store apricot glazed chicken in air-tight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
You can freeze it up to 3 months.
You can also put raw chicken with apricot sauce in an air-tight container or bag and keep in the fridge for 1 day before baking.
How to make baked apricot chicken
You just need to make apricot sauce, then put it on skinless chicken breasts and bake! Such an easy chicken recipe!
Ingredients for baked apricot chicken:
- apricot jam or preserves,
- soy sauce,
- dry ginger and garlic powders,
- Dijon mustard,
- boneless and skinless chicken breasts.
You can add black pepper to your taste.
Fresh apricots here are just for dessert! However, you can chop in some apricots, if you like chunky sauce.
Apricot chicken glaze or apricot sauce
To make apricot sauce combine a cup of homemade apricot jam with soy sauce, dried garlic and ginger, Dijon mustard. If your apricot preserves are too thick, add water to loosen the sauce.
I don’t use onion soup mix in this recipe. I use dried garlic and ginger instead. It adds more flavor to the final dish.
Add black pepper to your taste. Keep in mind that after baking apricot sauce will be more flavorful and thick.
Pour the sauce or glaze on chicken breasts.
Cooking apricot chicken
Bake the chicken until it is ready, about 40-50 minutes, depending on the size of chicken breasts. The oven should be preheated to 375 F / 190 C. If your chicken breast are smaller, you might need only 30-40 minutes until it’s ready.
This apricot chicken can be prepared with several cooking styles. You can also grill or fry it on the pan instead. Add oil or butter to your pan and grill or fry 10 minutes on each side. Use your instant pot to cook the apricot chicken for 25-30 minutes.
If you have food thermometer, you can check the temperature of the breast, it should be ready 165 F / 74 C.
Let the glazed apricot chicken rest 10 minutes before serving.
Can the dinner be easier than that?
Easy chicken dinner ideas
We served this baked apricot chicken with barley, but Cauliflower rice stir-fry is a lovely side dish for this chicken dinner! You can serve it with pasta, sweet potato fries, mashed turnips and potatoes or baked vegetables.
You can also use this apricot sauce for roasting chicken thighs or legs, too.
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Baked Apricot Chicken
- 3 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 1 cup apricot jam
- 1 tbsp soy sauce dark
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp dry ginger powder
- 1 tsp dry granulated garlic
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped (for serving)
- Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C.
- Add soy sauce to the apricot jam.
- Add honey.
- Add Dijon mustard.
- Add garlic, ginger and black pepper to your taste.
- Mix all apricot sauce ingredients.
- Put chicken breasts in a baking pan. Glaze the chicken and pour all the sauce on top.
- Bake chicken for about 40 minutes.*
- Serve with barley or other side dish and sprinkle chopped parsley on top.