Baked Chicken with Apricots Recipe

Baked Chicken with Apricots
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
374 Calories
15g Fat
27g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 374
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 32g
Calcium 64mg 5%
*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.)

You can vary this delicious recipe for Baked Chicken with Apricots by using different fruits. Try dried pineapple with fresh, or dried cherries with fresh cherries. You can substitute canned apricots for the fresh ones easily.

The combination of sweet and tender fruit, both fresh and dried, with onion, garlic, ginger, and honey mustard is just sublime. Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta to soak up the wonderful sauce. All you need for a complete meal is a green salad.


  • 2 cups chopped apricots OR 1 (15-oz.) can apricots, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. honey mustard
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 lb. chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine fresh apricots with dried apricots, onion, garlic, orange juice, preserves, honey, mustard, brown sugar, ginger, salt, and mustard in a heavy saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove fruit mixture from heat and let cool for 1 hour.

  3. Heat oven to 350 F. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste and place in a single layer, skin side down, in a 9" x 13" glass baking dish.

  4. Spread apricot mixture on top of chicken. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn chicken and spoon the fruit mixture in the pan over the chicken.

  5. Increase temperature to 425 F and bake 15 minutes longer, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked to 160 F and is nicely glazed and browned. Serve chicken with the sauce and fruit.