Slow-Cooked Apricot-Thyme Chicken (Redux)

Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

I acted on some of the comments of the brave souls in RSC#15 who tried this and changed the amount of onion soup from the original! Their input, I promise you, make it a better recipe. A blend of sweet and savory flavors transforms this inexpensive meat into an enticing meal that looks special even though it's made simple in a slow cooker. Use a low-sodium soup mix or ChefDee's Substitute for 1 Envelope Onion Soup Mix and sugar-free preserves for a healthier version.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and butter and place chicken thighs in it. Saute until lightly browned.
  3. Arrange chicken pieces in 3-4 quart slow cooker.
  4. Use the sherry to deglaze the pan, stirring until the volume is reduced by half.
  5. Mix remaining ingredients in the pan and pour over chicken. Stir to coat.
  6. Cover crock pot and cook on low for until chicken is thoroughly cooked and tender. In my hamilton Beach, it's about 4 hours, but cooking times vary so much in slow cookers, it's best to check.
  7. Optional: When the dish is almost ready, combine the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons liquid from the crock pot and mix until smooth. Add back to the crock pot; turn to high for 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
Most Helpful

I was delighted to see a crock pot recipe among the contest entries. I used leg quarters so cut apart & removed the skin before browning. The listed cooking time was far to long as the result was very dark . I wish I had checked them earlier. Maybe my crockpot cooks hotter? =( The meat was falling off the bone tender. The onion soup flavor dominated everything with the other flavors lost. I served them with brown rice pilaf to use the sauce. In order to use the leftovers I sautéed red & green pepper, onions, garlic, and boned the meat to serve in flour tortillas. We actually liked the chicken much more that way. Thank you for your contribution to RSC & good luck!

Susie D March 07, 2010

As i almost always do when a recipe calls for 'onion soup mix,' & used just half of the indicated amount & that worked for me in this one, as well! We really enjoyed the sauce that was created & I'll definitely be making this one again! [Made & reviewed in RSC #15 Contest]

Sydney Mike March 07, 2010

Not sure if it was the brand of onion soup I used (Liptons) but it over powered any taste of the apricot. When I make this again I will use fresh onions and cut back on the sherry. After 3 hours in the crock pot my chicken was cooked perfectly so I turned it off and reheated just before dinner. The chicken was lovely & moist, fall off the bone tender. I definitely think that this recipe has excellent potential but for my taste buds needs some tweaking. I hope others give it glowing ratings Good luck in the contest

Bergy March 06, 2010