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Instant Pot Apricot Chicken is a quick and easy dinner made with chicken breasts, Catalina dressing and apricot jam. Ready in 30 minutes with little prep!

apricot chicken breasts over rice on a white platter

This simple apricot chicken recipe is perfect when you need to feed the family but don’t have a lot of energy to cook. Basically, you just add everything to your Instant Pot, press start and cook!

Super easy, right? If you like easy Instant Pot recipes, this pressure cooker chicken dinner is for you!

What You Need for Apricot Chicken

One of the best things about this recipe is you only need a few things to make it:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Catalina salad dressing
  • Apricot jam
  • Onion soup mix or your own spice mix (what I do!)
  • Water to help the pot reach pressure

You may know this dish as Catalina chicken — because you use Catalina dressing. We always call it apricot chicken, but both recipes are essentially the same.

How to Make Catalina Chicken in the Instant Pot

All you do is place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. Then, sprinkle your onion soup mix or homemade seasoning mix over the chicken.

Pour the dressing over the chicken, and spoon the apricot jam on top. Then, pour a little water into the pot.

I tried to use as little water as possible here. Initially I added a quarter cup, but I had to increase that to a half cup to avoid the burn notice.

chicken breasts with apricot jam and catalina dressing in the instant pot pressure cooker

Next, you pressure cook the chicken, and allow a natural release for about 10 minutes. This helps keep the chicken from being too dry.

After 10 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure. And that’s it! You’re done and ready to eat!

Don’t be alarmed if your chicken has a slightly pink tinge. This is just from the dressing!

catalina chicken in the pressure cooker

Suggested Side Dishes

This apricot chicken recipe has a lot of sauce, so Instant Pot Jasmine Rice or mashed potatoes are good bets. Pasta or mashed cauliflower would be good too!

I sometimes serve a simple green salad or air fryer broccoli or Brussels sprouts! Pretty much whatever your family likes best!

apricot chicken on a platter next to instant pot and bowl of salad
close up of instant pot apricot chicken

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken Recipe

5 from 5 votes

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

By: Dee
Instant Pot Apricot Chicken is a quick and easy dinner made with chicken breasts, Catalina dressing and apricot jam. Ready in 30 minutes with little prep!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
pressure time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1.5 pounds
  • 1 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix optional
  • ½ cup water
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  • Place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, and sprinkle the seasoning packet (if using) or the sea salt, onions, garlic powder, and pepper over chicken
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken, and spoon the jam over that. Do not stir
  • Pour water over and around the chicken, and place lid on the pressure cooker
  • Make sure vent is on Sealing position, then hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure then will cook for 10 minutes. When pot beeps, allow a 10 minute natural release, then quick release remaining pressure after that
  • Remove lid, then serve chicken, and spoon sauce over chicken when serving


You can use a packet of soup mix OR mix your own seasoning from the ingredient list.
To thicken sauce, mix a cornstarch slurry of 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water. Use the saute setting after pressure cooking, and when it starts to bubble, stir in the slurry and allow to thicken.
Serve sliced for approximately 6 servings or unsliced for 4 servings.


Calories: 264kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 999mg, Potassium: 327mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 63IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Jo Jo says:

    I get a burn warning every time, what am I doing wrong?

    1. Dee says:

      So sorry to hear this. Are you stirring everything together before cooking? Maybe there is some residue left on the pot from before? I’ve heard that some of the newer models are more sensitive. Sometimes, adding the water first helps.

  2. Ramona says:

    I’m making this tonight for my husband and grandson. My husband (then boyfriend) made this for me on our third date 31 years ago, the recipe was on the box of soup mix. I’m so glad to see you turned it into an instant pot meal. Thank you so much!

    1. Dee says:

      What a sweet story! I hope you like the recipe. 🙂

  3. Bette Lorman says:

    I made this tonight on stovetop. Didn’t have french dressing or Catalina, so used ranch with a squeeze of ketchup. browned the chicken until almost done and added sauce, covered and cooked while rice cooking. Pretty good! I will make it again.

    1. Dee says:

      That’s a wonderful way to improvise, Bette. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Oh yum, this looks and sounds finger-licking good! On the meal plan for next week!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Kimberly. Hope you like it!

  5. Catalina says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! I am so curious to try it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you like it!

  6. Toni says:

    Such a delicious weeknight meal! My family loved it.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy to hear this, Toni! Thank you!

  7. Chrissie Baker says:

    Loving the apricot flavor of this dish. It is perfect for busy weeknights.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Chrissie! I’m so glad you liked it!

  8. Dorothy Reinhold says:

    Recipes like this make me love the Instant Pot more and more. The catalina dressing is a smart addition. I LOVE apricot.

    1. Dee says:

      It’s such a tasty combo — I love apricot, too!

  9. Sara Welch says:

    Another great recipe for my Instant Pot! Looking forward to enjoying this for dinner tonight; looks too good to pass up!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Sara! I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Carrie Robinson says:

    I am loving the sweet & savory happening here! And bonus points for being made in the instant pot. 🙂5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      It’s so easy in the Instant Pot! Thanks, Carrie!