Apricot-Orange Salsa Chicken Recipe
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Apricot-Orange Salsa Chicken Recipe

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This easy entree is just five ingredients away! Sweet oranges and apricots blend perfectly with zippy salsa in this dish from LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Keep the heat to your liking with mild, medium or hot salsa.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:2 servings
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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 427 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until chicken is tender. If desired, thicken pan juices. Serve with rice. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Apricot-Orange Salsa Chicken in Cooking for 2 Summer 2008, p55

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Bleweyez User ID: 7150847 105921
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2698812 105075
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4311592 101108
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

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

Bethshiels User ID: 4930056 178041
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

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

gmama4 User ID: 6083383 141617
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6083383 173925
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4790999 173924
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

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

knunes User ID: 5305862 113810
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"Delicious and SO easy."

misscamaro88 User ID: 3056165 174205
Reviewed 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."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 174203
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"This was so good."

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