close up photo of apricot chicken in a bowl with rice

Quick Apricot Chicken

A super delicious apricot chicken recipe that's quick to make and full of flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 226kcal
Author Nora Rusev


  • 1 tablespoon oil I like to use sesame, but any neutral oil will work, too
  • 1 pound diced chicken breast
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup orange juice or more if you prefer a thinner sauce
  • 1 cup apricot jam OR preserves
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Optional for Serving

  • chopped scallions, sesame seeds and rice


  • Brown chicken: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned (it doesn't have to be cooked through yet). Stir in onions and garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Make sauce: Pour the orange juice into the pan with the chicken, scratching the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium. Add apricot jam, BBQ sauce, soy sauce and honey. Stir well.
  • Finish dish: Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat and gently simmer until chicken is done (internal temperature should be 160°F) and sauce has thickened to your liking. Serve over rice with scallions and sesame seeds, if you like.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 540mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg