Apricot chicken. It’s one of those meals that people like me who grew up in the eighties had regularly and it was a “busy mum meal” i.e. buy a whole heap of packets of things and whack it in the microwave. But I don’t work like that. And that’s why this slow cooker apricot chicken is different. If you’re used to the one your Mum used to cook, this won’t have the exact same flavour, but it’s healthier, has better ingredients and basically tastes amazing.
Now apricot chicken is apparently a winter food, but I don’t agree, somethings that you can make in the slow cooker are perfect at anytime of year and the fruitier, the better if you’re trying to slip this into summer eating habits. The benefit of using the slow cooker in summer- no oven heating up the entire house!
The flavours of this slow cooker apricot chicken are delicious and it is perfect for weeknights or week days when you are home, but want to get dinner over and done with earlier…at lunch time! Because it’s using chicken breast, this would dry out with longer cooking. If you wanted to put it on in the morning for dinner, just swap the chicken breast for the same weight of chicken thighs.
Now I’m going to answer a question that many of you are thinking but too scared to ask…why would I bother with this version when the french onion soup version I make is just fine? Well, this has wholefood ingredients and nothing nasty, so you can be assured that you are making the best effort to feed your family good food. Plus to be entirely honest, it doesn’t take that much longer! This slow cooker apricot chicken will give you one family meal for tonight and one to freeze, so in my books, that’s super efficient.
And as an interesting aside, my grandmother hand stitched the napkin in the photos, with painstakingly small cross stitches that make my eyes water just looking at them. She was a needlework teacher and and was amazing at doing things like that! And as another aside: she doesn’t even eat chicken so basically I’m probably going to be condemned for putting it next to the bowl of slow cooker apricot chicken!
Not your Mum's slow cooker apricot chicken
- 1 kg chicken breast if you want to cook for 8 hours or more swap for the same amount of thighs
- 1 large brown onion diced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried ginger
- 1 425 ml can apricot nectar
- 1 tin water i.e. 425ml
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsps cornflour
- 350 grams dried apricots chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Chop the chicken breast into chunks.
- Put the chicken breast into the slow cooker bowl with all the spices and the onion, massage the spices through the chicken to make sure it is well coated.
- In a jug combine the apricot nectar, water, honey and cornflour together and whisk until smooth. Add the dried, chopped apricots
- Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker bowl. Put the lid on and cook for 4 hours on low.
- After 4 hours, remove the lid, add the frozen peas and keep the lid off to thicken the sauce for one more hour.
- Serve with rice and veggies.