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Apricot Honey Chicken Recipe

Apricot Honey Chicken Recipe

Apricot Honey Chicken is a sheer delight with its sweet, fruity sauce. There's no need to heat up the oven for this flavorful entree, so you can even enjoy it during the summer…or any time of year. —Kathy Hawkins, Ingleside, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons honey


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  • 2. Combine the preserves, orange juice and honey; pour over chicken. Cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 243 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Apricot Honey Chicken

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annie1992 User ID: 2246916 232970
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"My grandkids loved this, probably because it IS sweet. Of course, if you read a recipe and it says the sauce is made with honey, preserves and orange juice, all sweet ingredients, you've got to figure it's going to be sweet and not be surprised when it is. My husband added sriracha to his and declared it just right that way."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 161451
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"I thought this was really good, quick and easy. I made the chicken with the potato dish on the same page which I did not really like. Next time I will serve the chicken breasts over plain white rice with broccoli or asparagus on the side."

theathembagrad User ID: 7360252 161651
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"We marinated this overnight and this came out so good and not dry. If you have leftovers keep some of the sauce so it doesn't dry out the next time you eat it."

Carole Metcalfe User ID: 2722849 208372
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"Quick & easy"

AkaMize User ID: 7295651 160979
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"This was disgustingly sweet. I was able to fix it (didn't want to throw it out and be wasteful). I sort of made it into a spicy apricot sauce instead. I cut up this chicken into smaller bites, added some onions and red pepper to suck some up some of the sweetness. I added some red pepper spices and a little bit of hot sauce. It was better that way, but nothing like the original recipe. I would NOT recommend this recipe at all. I don't even mind sweetness with chicken usually, but this was not edible."

s_pants User ID: 174050 167242
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"my kids didn't really like was OK, but they pushed aside the sauce"

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 145648
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"Quick & Easy - Test chicken w/thermometer so as not to overcook."

kbuch User ID: 6105375 146518
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"Delicious! I used 4 tablespoons apricot preserves, 2 tablespoons orange juice, only 2 teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Have made it in a skillet and also in the crockpot. Doubled the sauce for the crockpot so there would be enough sauce for with rice."

eharel User ID: 6699001 160978
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012

"It tastes great! Just be careful to be sure the chicken doesn't overcook because it'll be dry"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 145644
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"I didn't have apricot preserves so I used orange marmalade instead. Omitted the honey and used a bit of Dijon mustard. YUMMY!"

bkparker User ID: 3739767 208371
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"This was tasteless."

jblatter User ID: 2501566 99757
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"With preserves, OJ AND honey this is too sweet. I ditched the honey and added lemon juice to cut the sweet and some tang. Wonderful, lighter taste."

Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 93313
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"i find a splash of soy sauce adds a browned appearance plus cuts a bit of the cloying sweetness. A pinch of dry ginger adds interest too."

CalgaryMomTo3 User ID: 6024905 145633
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"We loved this. I used homemade apricot jam. Next time I would decrease the amount of honey and increase the amount of jam for more flavor and the jam already is sweetened. Love this recipe! TFS!"

Steffy1981 User ID: 6504540 160977
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"made this lastnight the family loved it"

alcarlson75 User ID: 5348783 160991
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"This recipe was a big hit with my family. My 8-year-old said, "I was actually in love with the sauce!" It was super easy to make, too."

mlblake User ID: 4362429 93312
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"I used orange marmalade rather than apricot preserves because it was what I had. Turned out very good!"

kittyssong User ID: 3890785 160987
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"This recipe was so easy to make and tasted very good."

touloumis User ID: 4197776 145455
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This is one of my favorite weeknight recipes: sweet, healthy, and super easy. I serve with green beans and brown rice."

dverzic User ID: 762717 93863
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"Not bad, but I think that next time I would use 4 tbls. of the apricot preserves and only 3 tbles of honey to give it a little more flavor."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.