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Quick Apricot Chicken

This simple apricot chicken is one of my favorite dishes. 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


  • 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
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • In a shallow microwave-safe dish, combine the first seven ingredients; stir in chicken. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once.
  • 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 and if desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 391 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Kim
    Feb 5, 2021

    Absolutely a hit at my house. I did add a handful of frozen broccoli, peas, and carrots just to have some veggies. Total bliss. Do yourself a favor and try this recipe - you can add more heat if you wish - the possibilities are endless! 5?

  • Sharyn
    Jan 27, 2021

    Made this for the family a few nights ago. I made it exactly as written, but the sauce seems a little flat and one-dimensional. Needs to have about 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes added to the simmering sauce, need to use fresh ginger instead of ground if you have it, and I definitely thought it needed some acid (I'll have to try Gail's suggestion of rice vinegar - sounds like that's just what it needed). Oh, and 1 TBSP of cornstarch is really excessive - 1 tsp should suffice. I had to thin the sauce after all of that cornstarch. All of that aside, (I added cayenne after the fact) my family adored this recipe! My 11yo even stole my leftovers for lunch the next day!!! (she's such a brat! ) Definitely adding this to the regular rotation! P.S. Forgot to mention that the thought of microwaved chicken horrifies me, so I browned the chicken in a pan with cooking spray, removed that and added red bell peppers and cooked those for a few minutes, added the sauce ingredients, then added the chicken back in. Served on brown rice)

  • mindysmama
    Jan 19, 2021

    I made this the other day and it was so good I could not stop eating it. I made it on the stovetop and might have snuck in a few extra cashews because I love them also I used cooked left over chicken. It eas excellent!

  • avonlady54555
    Jan 17, 2021

    We loved this and so simple to make. For a change I had all the ingredients in the house.

  • Gail
    Jan 16, 2021

    This was a tasty and easy quick dinner. After reaading reviews about it being too sweet I added a tsp of rice vinegar, and think the sweetness was just right. I happened to have a can of bean sprouts so I drained and added them, which upped the veggie content and some texture. Served on rice and family added red pepper flakes as wanted. Also, it was super easy to cut frozen breast tenders into strips for the chicken.. We'll definitely make this again!

  • Linda Schmidt
    Oct 19, 2020

    This was a hit for dinner tonight. I made it according to the directions, anditwas ready in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is a keeper!

  • SColson132
    Sep 18, 2020

    I doubled the sauce ingredients and left off the cashews and green pepper (which I don't like). Also added stir-fry vegetables. Turned out very well, and as the author stated, tasted very good the next day.

  • Elise
    Jun 30, 2020

    I cooked this on the stovetop and it was delicious.

  • Pamela
    Jun 13, 2020

    This recipe was a big hit with my family!

  • Sue
    Apr 1, 2020

    Easy and good. I love the ease. I've also done in the regular oven in a larger quantity and it was great! Trick is getiting the chicken done without overcooking.