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Apricot Cranberry Chicken

Before we had kids, my husband and I used to make a lot of challenging recipes, but now we keep things a little simpler. This tangy chicken has big flavors that everybody likes. —Brooke Ruzek, Elk River, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • Sprinkle chicken with salt. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat and brown half of the chicken on both sides. Remove from pan; repeat with remaining oil and chicken.
  • Add onion to same pan; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth, cranberries, preserves and vinegar; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until slightly reduced. Return chicken to pan; cook, uncovered, 4-6 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink, turning chicken halfway.

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  • Ann
    Apr 1, 2020

    I made this for dinner tonight. I had to change things a little because PA is on lockdown for the virus. I followed the recipe except substituted the dried cranberries for canned whole cranberry gel(pantry Thanksgiving leftover) using half can, I also decreased the chicken broth ( gel would add liquid) and added red pepper flakes to spice it up a little. The sauce was delicious! I served it over rice with broccoli. My picky family loved it!

  • Ryan
    Feb 15, 2020

    All 4 kids loved these- super quick and simple and yummy! I doubled it all and worked out great! Used 10 oz jar apricot jam-great week night meal!

  • scienceteacher
    Nov 24, 2018

    I did have apricot preserves but do have homemade peach preserves. Am going to try swapping that out, should be a similar flavor. Recipe sounds delicious ??

  • karen51003
    Oct 4, 2017

    I don't have a review, but question. What do you serve with something that sounds so sweet?

  • sam51180
    Apr 28, 2017

    My husband loves this recipe and has asked that we have it more often. I also only use 2 chicken breasts to make it a meal for 2.

  • browns19fan
    Oct 7, 2015

    Both DH and I gave this dish an emphatic thumbs-up! I cut it in half for the two of us and used sweet orange marmalade because I was out of apricot preserves. Definitely a keeper.

  • aoneill1031
    Sep 2, 2015

    I always try and make a recipe just as it is the first round because a tiny change can make big differences. My family loved this recipe and it was very easy. I added a bit more salt and pepper to the final dish because it was very sweet. It was probably because of my brand of apricot preserves. It was still delicious though and reminded me of the fall weather approaching.