Slow-Cooked Apricot-Thyme Chicken (Redux)

READY IN: 4hrs 15mins
Recipe by East Wind Goddess

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.

Top Review by Susie D

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!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  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.

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