Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

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Instant Pot apricot chicken is the quickest chicken recipe that you can make for an elegant but easy dinner for your family. Perfect for a weeknight dinner but special enough to serve for a simple celebration paired with homemade herb butter rice. Alternative Crockpot and dutch oven instructions are included below!

A baking dish is filled with saucy apricot chicken sprinkled with fresh herbs.

The very first dinner a friend ever cooked for me was her grandmother's recipe for apricot chicken. We were only in high school at the time and I remember being so impressed that someone my age could make something this delicious from scratch.

Sweet apricot juice mixed with savory French onion soup seasonings and soy sauce, this 4-ingredient recipe truly couldn't be easier.

But made with love for those that you are serving it to, especially when paired with a delicious buttery herb rice, this meal is simply heavenly.

I've taken some liberties with the original recipe and make it extra fast in the Instant Pot. I love how juicy and tender the pressure cooker cooks the chicken cooks.

But, if you don't have an Instant Pot, I've included both slowcooker and dutch oven instructions below!

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It only takes 4 ingredients to make this wonderful dish:

All the ingredients are on the counter in front of an Instant Pot.
  1. Apricot Juice: I use a bottle of Looza apricot juice but any brand you can find will work.
  2. French Onion Soup Mix: You can find packets of onion soup mix in the seasoning aisle of your store. I found mine at Target. Common brands include Knorr and Lipton. If you prefer to use a from-scratch seasoning blend, that is fine, too.
  3. Soy Sauce
  4. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: Chicken thighs are far more tender and tasty than chicken breasts or tenderloins but you can substitute any cut of chicken you prefer. You may need to adjust the cooking time though.


Assembling the recipe should only take a couple of minutes!

Turn the Instant Pot onto the Saute setting. Add the apricot juice, seasoning packet, and soy sauce. Stir to combine.

The sauce ingredients are in the Instant Pot warming up.

Let the juice heat through so the soup mix has a chance to dissolve, about 5 minutes.

Add the chicken to the pot, turn the pieces to coat in the juice, and cover the Instant Pot.

Seal and cook for 14 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The chicken has been added to the sauce and cooked.

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Transfer the cooked chicken to a dish and cut it into smaller bite-sized pieces. If you prefer, you can also serve the chicken thighs whole.

The chicken has been moved to a baking dish to be cut with a knife and fork.

Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and serve with a large spoon or ladle for drizzling over a bed of rice.

Crockpot Apricot Chicken

If you prefer to make this apricot chicken in a slowcooker, simply prepare the juice and seasonings in a large saucepan on the stovetop for 5 minutes. Transfer it to the slowcooker and add the chicken.

Cover and cook for 3 - 4 hours on LOW heat.

Oven Baked Apricot Chicken

If you prefer to make the apricot chicken in a dutch oven, you can warm the juice and seasonings right in the dutch oven on the stove top and add the chicken.

Cover the pot and bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

My favorite way to serve this chicken is over a bed of herb butter rice. You could also use plain jasmine rice or this delicious sticky butter rice for more onion flavor.

Roasted asparagus or steamed sugar snap peas would be a perfect green vegetable to include as a side dish.

The baking dish of chicken has been coated with apricot sauce and sprinkled with fresh herbs.

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A baking dish is filled with saucy apricot chicken sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

5 from 35 votes
This sweet and savory apricot chicken is fall-apart tender and a very easy weeknight dinner. Serve it over herb butter rice with the apricot sauce drizzled over the top.
TOTAL TIME 19 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 14 minutes
YIELD 6 servings


  • 1 liter 4 cups apricot juice like Looza brand
  • 1 (1 oz) packet prepared French onion soup mix Like Knorr or Lipton brand or 2 tablespoons homemade French onion soup seasoning blend
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 - 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute. Add the apricot juice, soup seasonings packet, and soy sauce and stir. Let warm through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the pot, making sure to unfold the chicken from its packaged position. Cover the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • Chicken may be served shredded or whole and is especially good spooned over a bed of herb rice with the apricot sauce drizzled over the top.

Recipe Notes

No Instant Pot? This recipe can be adjusted to be cooked in a CrockPot or in a Dutch Oven in your oven:
Add the apricot juice, French onion soup mix, and soy sauce to a large sauce pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Cook until the soup mix has dissolved and the juice is warmed through -- about 5 minutes.
Transfer the sauce to the bowl of your slowcooker or dutch oven. Add the chicken and cook on LOW for 3 - 4 hours in the slowcooker or 60 minutes at 350°F in a covered dutch oven.

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One Comment

  1. This recipe was a hit with my family. My husband is super picky and he said we could make it again. I did search multiple stores for apricot juice and couldn’t find it. I substituted with peach juice and it was delicious.
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