Apricot-Orange Chicken Bake

Total Time
Prep 4 mins
Cook 26 mins

Delicious chicken variation, not too fancy. I made this for my elderly mother-in-law from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook of 2006, and it cries out to be featured in my First Day of Spring celebration.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the upper position and heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat 9 by 13-inch baking dish lightly with vegetable oil spray.
  3. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lay the chicken in prepared 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
  5. Whisk the apricot preserves, dried apricot pieces, and orange juce into the saucepan with the honey, vinegar, soy sauce, curry powder, and Tabasco sauce, over medium-high heat.
  6. Simmer, whisking often, until the mixture has thickened, about 8 minutes.
  7. Quickly dissolve the cornstarch in the water, then whisk into the honey mixture.
  8. Pour the apricot-orange sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the almonds.
  9. Bake until the chicken registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 15-18 minutes.


Most Helpful

This was delicious! We used a sugar-free honey substitute, and it worked out great. Very easy yet flavorful dish. And that was even fogetting the almonds! Thanks for the recipe! ~Sue

Sue Lau October 19, 2008

This was a great dinner for us. The sauce would've been enough for 1 more serving, and it was so good I couldn't bear to throw it away. So I saved it in the fridge - in the next day or so I'll heat it up on top of some rice as part of a leftover lunch. :) I only used 3 T honey, and my apricot jam was also short by about 1 T, but otherwise I made exactly as directed. The hot sauce added just the right amount of spice to contrast with the sweetness.

appleydapply September 23, 2008

Made this recipe pretty much as directed ~ Used a mild honey & slivered almonds along with everything else & the results were ABSOLUTELY GREAT! Served this with a simple mix of peas & brown rice! Another time I'll slice the chicken into strips or bite-size pieces so that each person can take as much or as little as they like! A definite keeper! Thanks for posting! [Tagged, made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hit Wonders cooking game]

Sydney Mike August 13, 2008

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