Apricot- Balsamic Chicken

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Apricot- Balsamic Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 25 min

You may very well have all ingredients on hand already to make this chicken recipe. The first time I made this, my husband actually said it was the best chicken I'd ever made!


1 teaspooon vegetable oil
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound chicken breasts, skinless & boneless
1/3 cup apricot jam
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes.

2. Sprinkle thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt over chicken. Add chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, preserves, vinegar, and pepper to pan, stirring constantly until preserves melt. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.


*I always pound out my chicken breasts a little bit to thin them out and even out their thickness. They cook up quicker and more evenly that way.
*I love the sauce for this chicken, but the flavor might be overwhelming for kids. Serve a dish of the sauce on the side for the little ones- then they can dunk their chicken into the sauce if they wish.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 4 ounces chicken breast w/ 1 1/2 Tablespoons sauce
Calories per serving: 344
Fat per serving: 4g
Saturated Fat per serving: .88g
Sugar per serving: 17g
Fiber per serving: .63g
Protein per serving: 55g
Cholesterol per serving: 137mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 19.5g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 8 Old Points Program: 7.5

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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22 Responses to “Apricot- Balsamic Chicken”

  1. 1

    LPC — November 15, 2009 @ 12:47 PM

    This was really good! It was simple to make, too. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Becky — November 19, 2009 @ 1:40 PM

    I have made this several times and my kids love it. I like the fact that it is simple and doesn’t require a lot of time or ingredients.

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    Amanda — July 8, 2011 @ 8:22 AM

    This was really delicious…I was looking for something quick and easy for dinner as I had not planned anything. This fit the bill. Really yummy…almost tasted like a sweet Asian dish. Thanks!!

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    Meagan — December 19, 2011 @ 12:03 PM

    I made this and it was delicious – but the onions ended up burning! How can I prevent that?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 20th, 2011 @ 9:18 PM

      The heat was probably a little high. All stove burners are different, so yours perhaps cooks at a little higher heat.

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four — January 12, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

    These look so delicious! I shared the recipe with my readers in my What to Cook Wednesday feature. I hope you will stop by and check it out!

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    Cynthia O'Mara — February 27, 2012 @ 8:06 AM

    I made this last night and got rave reviews! It is just packed with flavor. I added some steamed cabbage and marscapone mashed potatoes. Perfect combination. Thanks for this one Lori!

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    Shannon C — May 1, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    I made this a couple of weeks ago and got rave reviews from family..including my two boys aged 3 and 1. Could you possibly cook this all in the oven together for simplicity sake?

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 9:55 PM

      not sure!

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    Tracey Monette — June 18, 2012 @ 6:50 PM

    Made this tonight – family loved it!

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    JP — August 20, 2012 @ 4:40 PM

    Found this on Pinterest and made it tonight!!! Yummy! Can’t wait to make it again!

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    Verleen Sparks — September 10, 2012 @ 5:57 PM

    Made this for dinner tonight – delicious! Onions burnt a bit so medium high might need to be adjusted for my stove. Served it with roasted cauliflower, butternut squash and asparagus. Great dinner! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Mini — October 25, 2012 @ 10:28 AM

    LOVED the meal! :) how do you think the glaze would be for wings? I was considering trying it for a cookout this weekend…

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

      sounds like a wonderful idea to me! Let me know if you try it!

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    KD — October 29, 2012 @ 9:12 PM

    Made this for dinner tonight – it is going in the rotation for sure! The fam gobbled it up and they were fighting over the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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    Tricia — January 17, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

    I made this chicken last night and it was so easy and tasted excellent. This goes into the rotation.

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    Valerie — February 8, 2013 @ 6:05 PM

    I made this tonight……didn’t turn out well at all….my sauce was carmalized…..did I do something wrong? And by the time my chicken was done the onions were burnt!! HELP!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 6:56 AM

      I’m guessing that medium-high may have been too hot for your stove.

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    Valerie — February 17, 2013 @ 8:56 AM

    Lori your right…I redid the sauce at a lower heat and it turned out awesome!!

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    Denise — March 12, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

    I always make this with seedless raspbery preserves (it’s Bob Evans’ recipe). I will try it tonight with apricot, thanks!

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    Maureen — January 5, 2014 @ 1:28 PM

    Made this recipe the other night and it was delicious. Easy to make, both my husband and I agree that this recipe is a keeper

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    Janine — March 18, 2014 @ 8:41 AM

    I made this recipe for my daughter’s birthday dinner last night, and no one in our family was disappointed! Looks like I found a new family favorite!