Quick Apricot Chicken Recipe
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Quick Apricot Chicken Recipe

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This is one of my favorite ways to fix chicken in a hurry. Everybody just loves it and leftovers are always just as good the next day. For variation, I’ve used pork instead of chicken and added additional ingredients like pineapple, mandarin oranges, snow peas and broccoli. –Vicki Ruiz, Twin Falls, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth or sherry
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 391 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a large resealable, combine the first seven ingredients; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Transfer to a shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Add green pepper and cashews. Cover and microwave on high for 2-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring once. Let stand for 3 minutes. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Apricot Chicken in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 246064
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"quick dinner - tasty sauce."

HDMom08 User ID: 1383653 157421
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Great quick recipee"

sjtvice User ID: 2978808 161212
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Excellent and super easy"

n_e User ID: 7198560 86755
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013


dnaheish User ID: 4918302 72538
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"easy, great flavor, and a hit with the hubby and kids. Definitely a keeper!"

Annie216 User ID: 6416794 154460
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I didn't have apricot jam and tried a different flavor. It was good but I imagine it would taste great if I stuck with the original recipe."

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 138371
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"My husband and I really enjoy this recipe!I have even made it for company and recieved many requests to make it again. Its very easy- don't leave out the cashews, they make a great addition to the recipe!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 62441
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"i followed recipe with ingredients - but cooked on stovetop instead of microwave. i thought it was just average - nothing special."

lsfleming User ID: 5385089 67748
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"My husband and I love this recipe. We also doubled the sauce, added broccoli & pineapple, and served it over rice. The two of us devoured the entire thing in one seating. Can't wait to make it again!"

jdzimmerman34 User ID: 1359766 135695
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"I didn't change a thing. This is simply delicious"

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