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Apricot-Orange Salsa Chicken

Sweet oranges and apricots blend perfectly with zippy salsa in this five-ingredient entree. Keep the heat to your liking with mild, medium or hot salsa. Served over rice, it's a dinner we've enjoyed time and again. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup hot cooked rice


  • In a small bowl, combine the salsa, preserves and orange juice. In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, layer 1/3 cup salsa mixture and a chicken breast. Repeat layers. Top with remaining salsa mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 2-1/2 to 3 hours. If desired, thicken pan juices. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup rice: 427 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Feb 13, 2017

    My husband and I thought this had a pretty good taste. Instead of using my slow cooker, I cooked it in the oven. I believe I set my oven to 325 and had it cook around an hour. I would make this again, but lower the oven temp and let it cook longer for a more tender chicken. I also would like to see if I could add more veggies to the dish.

  • Bleweyez
    Jan 2, 2014

    I made this for dinner. I cooked the chicken on top of the stove with some onion, celery, garlic, seasoning salt and a little water. When the chicken was done and the water was cooked out, I added the sauce over the top. I allowed the salsa mixture to simmer with the chicken for a few minutes to infuse the flavor. I placed the chicken into a serving bowl, melted some provolone cheese on top of the chicken, and then topped the serving bowl with the salsa mixture. It was a tasty new dish!

  • kshea
    Jul 18, 2012

    I have made this twice. The first time I use the crockpot and followed the recipe exactly. The second time I just tried the chicken in a little oil and then drained and added the sauce (use about 1/8c more preserves)and it was better than the crock pot and quicker.

  • shellybrinson
    Mar 18, 2012

    This is so good. It's now a staple at our house.

  • Bethshiels
    Oct 14, 2011

    Good, unique flavor and extremely easy to make. Smelled great.

  • gmama4
    Jul 6, 2011

    Wonderful recipe! I have made it several tiimes(tripled recipe) I use medium salsa and chicken tenders. Our company liked the recipe too. Today I used Uncle Ben's wild rice and it tasted good that way too.

  • gmama4
    Jul 6, 2011

    I have made this great recipe several times! My picky husband loves it..Only changes that I have made---tripled the recipe and used medium salsa. I made it for company and they really liked it too. Today, I took a few of the leftovers out of freezer and used uncle ben's wild rice instead of white rice. Very good

  • ejt325
    Jan 24, 2011

    I used jam instead of the preserves and it turned out perfectly.

  • knunes
    Oct 24, 2010

    Delicious and SO easy.

  • misscamaro88
    Feb 19, 2010

    I LOVE this recipe! I also used apricot-pineapple preserves. A little sweet, a little spicy - and even better the next day! I will absolutely make this again.