Apricot-Chili Glaze for Chicken

Apricot-chili glazed chicken

Sabrina S. Baksh / The Spruce

  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
33 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cup (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 33
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rich with sweet apricot flavor and the boldness of Asian inspired ingredients, this barbecue sauce is perfect for chicken. Given that this is a somewhat sugary glaze take care not to allow flare-ups on the grill as this can burn the chicken.

Monitored properly, this barbecue sauce will perfectly coat and caramelize on the meat, rendering a most mouthwatering grilled chicken experience. While this sauce works well on most pieces, we recommend using chicken thighs and drumsticks.


  • 1/2 cup/120 mL apricot preserves (substitute with peach if need be)
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL onion (pureed)
  • 1/4 cup/60mL ketchup
  • 2 cloves ​garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL mild chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL ​soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL​ ​rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil.

  2. Add pureed onion and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  3. Add garlic and cook for another minute.

  4. Add remaining ingredients and allow to bubble up slightly.

  5. Reduce heat and simmer through for 5 minutes, stirring often.

  6. Once ingredients have formed a glaze-like consistency, remove the pan from heat and allow to cool before using.

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