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This Skillet Glazed Apricot Chicken Recipe is made with tender chicken breasts in a delicious apricot glaze. An easy recipe for busy weeknights that the whole family loves!

glazed apricot chicken with apricot preserves in skillet

This apricot preserves chicken recipe is a quick and easy 30 minute dinner made with your favorite apricot jam and just a few other ingredients.

I know I’ve said this before, but we eat a ton of chicken for dinner. So, I’m always looking for new chicken recipes to make, or more accurately, new ways to disguise chicken so that my family will eat it!

We had a jar of apricot preserve in the fridge, so I just mixed that with a few other ingredients, and the result was a simple but completely delicious chicken dinner.

Note that there is no Russian dressing or Catalina dressing in this recipe.

Try my Instant Pot Apricot Chicken, Instant Pot Cranberry Chicken or Baked Cranberry Chicken for more easy chicken recipes and recipes with salad dressing.

boneless chicken breast, apricot preserves, orange juice, dijon mustard and seasonings

Ingredients for Apricot Glazed Chicken

You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy meal. They should be easy to find in your local grocery store.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts — I use chicken breast halves since they cook faster and more evenly. You can also pound the chicken lightly if needed. Sub chicken thighs if you like.
  • Apricot preserves — Just one cup apricot preserves or apricot jam to make the tangy glaze
  • Dijon mustard — adds flavor
  • Orange juice — thins the glaze and adds a bright citrusy flavor
  • Seasonings — sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, dried minced onions
  • Olive oil

How to Make Glazed Apricot Chicken

First, pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Next, season chicken with salt and pepper.

Then, add a little olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.

Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. You can set the apricot mixture aside while the chicken cooks.

whisk apricot glaze ingredients in mixing bowl

Cook chicken over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides.

The chicken won’t be completely cooked. It will finish cooking in the apricot sauce.

Next, remove the chicken to a clean plate, and cover with aluminum foil while you cook the sauce.

cook chicken breast halves in skillet

Then, add the sauce to the pan, and let it simmer on medium heat and thicken up a little.

Add the cooked chicken back to the pan. Spoon the sticky apricot glaze over the chicken as it cooks.

The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. You’ll want to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

heat glaze in skillet and stir with spoon

Cooking Time

The chicken is ready in a little less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Just drizzle that amazing apricot sauce over the chicken when you plate it, and dinner is served.

skillet glazed apricot chicken in cast iron pan

What to Serve with Apricot Preserves Chicken

The beauty of this skillet glazed apricot chicken is that you can serve the chicken over rice, pasta, quinoa or even have it with salad.

I served the chicken over couscous, and we had salad as a side dish. Broccoli or green beans are also great side dish suggestions.

I call this a simple chicken dinner because that’s exactly what it is. It’s not a one dish pasta dinner or a sheet pan dinner with veggies. It’s just chicken by itself.

skillet glazed apricot chicken with sauce

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate leftover chicken and sauce in an airtight container. It should keep for up to 4 days. You can freeze the leftover for longer storage, up to 3 months. Reheat chicken in the microwave.

Cooking Tips

Add more orange juice if the sauce reduces too much or if you want more apricot sauce.

Add a teaspoon soy sauce for more umami flavor.

If you can’t find apricot jam or preserves, substitute peach preserves, instead.

5 from 5 votes

Skillet Glazed Apricot Chicken

By: Dee
This Skillet Glazed Apricot Chicken Recipe is made with tender chicken breasts in a delicious apricot glaze. An easy recipe for busy weeknights that the whole family loves!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts or halves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
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  • Season the chicken evenly with sea salt and pepper
  • In a small bowl, mix the apricot jam, mustard, garlic powder and minced onions together, and set aside 
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet, and cook chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side on medium high heat
  • Remove chicken from skillet, place on a plate, and cover with foil
  • Add the orange juice to the pan, and stir well to deglaze and remove any brown bits
  • Stir in the apricot jam mixture, and heat until bubbling
  • Add the chicken back to the pan, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees, according to meat thermometer. Spoon glaze over chicken while cooking and when serving


If glaze gets too thick, thin it with a little more orange juice.
You can sub chicken thighs if you prefer.


Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 729mg, Potassium: 509mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 18.1mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.5mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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skillet glazed apricot chicken over couscous

The idea for this apricot chicken came to me when I was trying to come up with a different way to cook chicken. My son wanted me to make his favorite one pan chicken bacon ranch pasta, and my daughter requested chicken with barbecue sauce. This was the compromise.

If you’re looking for a delicious quick and easy dinner, I hope you’ll give this skillet glazed apricot chicken a try.

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Recipe published in 2017 and updated in 2023.

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  1. Laci Jean says:

    Great week night recipe! Was easy and quick and both the boyfriend and I enjoyed it with couscous and a kale salad. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. April says:

    This is awesome! Was looking for anew way to do chicken when I saw this! This will be a new family favorite!5 stars

  3. Beth says:

    This recipe is fantastic! Easy and delicious. Chicken can get boring but even my picky toddler will eat this! 🙂5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it!