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Baked Apricot Chicken

Only 6 ingredients needed to make this delicious Baked Apricot Chicken. Perfect for a weeknight meal. Tender, juicy chicken thighs are coated in a sweet and spicy sauce.

Baked Apricot Chicken on a serving plate.

Short Prep Time

It only takes 10 minutes max to prep this recipe. Just mix together the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken.

How Long To Bake

50 minutes is plenty of time to get the chicken fully cooked and allow the saucy glaze to thicken.

Ingredients Needed

  • 6 to 8 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs– You can use bone-in chicken thighs if you wish.
  • 1 cup Apricot Preserves– Peach Preserves can be used instead.
  • Catalina Dressing– Adds sweetness and additional flavor. French dressing can be substituted.
  • Dry Onion Soup Mix– adds seasoning and lots of onion flavor. Because it has lots of sodium, there is no need to salt the chicken.
  • Dijon Mustard– yellow mustard or spicy mustard can be used instead.
  • Cayenne Pepper– Adds some heat to balance the sweetness.
Finished dish in a baking pan.

Can Chicken Breasts Be Used?

You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but they will cook in less time and risk drying out if you overcook them. Check them after about 35 minutes. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. An instant read thermometer is helpful.

How Spicy Is This Dish?

Double the amount of cayenne pepper if you want a substantial amount of heat.

How To Serve Baked Apricot Chicken

Great with a green salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette or Creamy Parmesan Dressing and some white rice.


Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.

Baked Apricot Chicken in a baking dish.

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Baked Apricot Chicken

Only 6 ingredients needed to make this delicious Baked Apricot Chicken. Perfect for a weeknight meal.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 50 mins


  • 6 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 3/4 cup Catalina dressing
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9×12-inch baking dish.
    Place chicken in baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
    Pour mixture over chicken.
  • Bake uncovered for 50 minutes. After 30 minutes, I like to spoon the sauce over the chicken to coat it more.


Calories: 345kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: baked chicken

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