Spicy Apricot Chicken Thighs

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 04, 2023
Chicken thighs are inexpensive and make a great dinner for a large group. The apricot glaze gives the meat a tempting gloss and the few minutes in the broiler crisps the skin to perfection. Leftovers are great the next day, too! Just turn oven on 375° and heat chicken for 10-15 minutes. —Marcy Gallinger, Deer Park, Washington
Spicy Apricot Chicken Thighs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs (about 5 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; rub over chicken. Place chicken, skin side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn chicken. Spoon some sauce over chicken. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 3-5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken again; baste with sauce. Broil for 2-3 minutes longer or until browned. Serve with remaining sauce.