Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

This delicious Apricot Chicken dish is so easy to make in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I love this Sweet Apricot Sauce!

instant pot apricot chicken

This Apricot Chicken dish is easily made in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. This recipe is a must for those of you that own a Pressure cooker like the Instant Pot.

instant pot apricot chicken

I don’t recall where I first saw this recipe but I’ve made it a few times now and my wife keeps asking me when I am going to make it again for her. Yes it’s that good!

dried apricots
Dried Apricots

I make Chicken in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker at least once a week. Sometimes I just use a little salsa and shred the chicken for tacos. Other times I make something a little more involved like my Instant Pot Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes dish.

instant pot apricot chicken

This is the first time though that I add dried fruit to a chicken recipe in my Instant Pot. I wasn’t worried about how it would taste when all is said and done. I was more curious about what the dried apricots would be like after being pressure cooked.

instant pot apricot chicken

Well it turns out the dried apricots just get much softer. I like to chop the apricots into bite-size pieces before adding them to the pot but you can leave them as-is if you want. It won’t change the overall flavor of this chicken dish.

fresh italian parsley
Fresh Italian Parsley

Italian Parsley and Flat-Leaf Parsley are basically the same thing. Grocery stores may use either name.

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How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
instant pot apricot chicken

While we like to serve the chicken with a side of pasta, you can also serve it on a bed of rice or all by itself. Some nice fresh vegetables would pair very well with this dish too.

If you have any questions about your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, I suggest you visit Instant Pot’s Official Customer Care Center.

instant pot apricot chicken

You will need the following ingredients to make this Apricot Chicken recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Vegetable Oil, Yellow Onion, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Fresh Ginger, Garlic Cloves, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Allspice, Diced Tomatoes, Dried Apricots, Saffron and Fresh Italian Parsley.

  1. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the oil to the Instant Pot and press the Sauté button. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until the chicken has browned. Remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and approximately 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth to the pot. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  4. Add the ginger, garlic, ground cinnamon and allspice. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, apricots, the remaining broth and mix well. Return the chicken to the pot. Press down on the chicken to ensure it is covered in the liquid.
  6. Secure the lid on the Instant pot and cook at high pressure for 11 minutes.
  7. When cooking is complete do a quick release. Remove the chicken from the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Optionally garnish with parsley.

Printable Recipe Card

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

This delicious Apricot Chicken dish is so easy to make in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I love this Sweet Apricot Sauce!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 497 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ½ lbs Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • ½ Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Tsp Ground Allspice
  • 14 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 oz Dried Apricots, chopped
  • Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the Sauté button. Once oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for about 8 minutes or until the chicken has browned on both sides. Remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Add the onion and approximately 2 tablespoons of the chicken broth to the pot. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the ginger, garlic, cinnamon and allspice. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, apricots, the remaining broth and mix well. Return the chicken to the pot. Press down on the chicken to ensure it is covered in the liquid.
  • Secure lid on the Instant pot and cook at high pressure for 11 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete do a quick release. Remove the chicken from the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Optionally garnish with parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 64gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 777mgPotassium: 1826mgFiber: 5gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 1736IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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3 Comments

  1. Dominique says:

    Is it possible to double and how should I adapt the cooking time?

    1. Rodney says:

      No need to adjust the time. With the extra ingredients to pot will just take longer to come up to pressure.

  2. Patricia says:

    This Apricot Chicken is one of the tastiest recipes I have ever made. Apricots are a favourite of mine so it made sense to make this recipe. I would give it a 10 if I could.