Apricot-ginger glazed chicken is a flavorful chicken dinner that uses just 3 ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make. If you need a quick, last minute dinner recipe, this Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken is for you!
Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken is one of those last minute dishes I created on a busy weeknight. Mondays always seem to be the most hectic. It seems that I’m always scrambling a bit for a last-minute dinner idea. (This post was originally posted on January 26th, 2015 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases)
We eat a lot of chicken. A LOT of chicken! Any twist on the same old grilled or baked chicken is always well received. I keep a jar of apricot preserves in my fridge at all times. I actually never put it on toast, it’s merely for cooking and baking purposes. Seriously. Apricot jam is the “secret” ingredient in most baked goods, and it’s what gives pies and pastries that lovely sheen. I also love the combination of apricot and chicken, like this Apricot Almond Chicken Salad.
There was always a large pot of apricot “glaze” in the pastry kitchen at cooking school and we used it liberally! But apricot jam is also a great in savory dishes and I use it on my pork loin, in Coronation Chicken Salad, and in this chicken dish.
How to make apricot glazed chicken
Sauté the chicken in olive oil until nearly done. About 5 minutes per side.
Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Whisk water, ginger and apricot jam together and pour into hot pan, scraping browned bits from pan.
Return chicken to pan and coat chicken with glaze. Cook another 3-4 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened.
This simple apricot-ginger glazed chicken recipe is fast, uses just 3 ingredients, (besides the chicken) and makes a quick weeknight meal in under 20 minutes.
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Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts about 4-6 pieces
- 1/4 cup apricot jam
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Season both sides chicken with salt and pepper. In a heavy skillet or cast iron pan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Cook chicken, 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, or until nearly done.
- Mix jam, water, ginger and vinegar in a small bowl.
- Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate.
- Add apricot mixture to pan, scraping to loosen any browned bits. Place chicken back in pan, turning to coat both sides of each piece, and continue cooking until sauce is thickened, the consistency of a glaze and chicken is cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
After you make this chicken dinner recipe, I’d love to see photos of it! You can share them with me on my Facebook page.
Creative Mama Renee says
Wow! That apricot and ginger glaze sounds good! We don’t do a ton of chicken at our house (not my hubby’s favorite) but I bet this same glaze would go fabulously over pork chops!
It will be delicious on pork too!
Jam is a magic ingredient in so many dishes, I love the sound of this chicken!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
I love the flavors and of course how easy it is too! I have madesomething similar (no ginger) so I know I am going to love this! I cannot wait to try it. I was excited to find it at #FoodieFriDIY…thanks for sharing it! You’re going to be one of my features tonight…in the meantime, sending lots of foodie love your way!
Oh, thank you so much Michelle! I’ll stop by after work and return the love!
This sounds fantastic and I’ve been looking for some different chicken recipe options, Cynthia! I love easy recipes that still pack a wallop for wonderful flavors. You nailed it here! Can’t wait to make it at home 🙂
Thanks Mike! so nice to hear!
So yummy and easy! We make a lot of chicken too, so easy new recipes are great!
Deborah Fletcher says
Made this dish tonight. It was everything Cynthia said it would be! Fast,Easy,and Delicious! Try it!!!
Oh, I’m so glad Deborah! Thanks for letting me know!
I seriously want this on a plate in front of me right now! How insanely simple, and I love the addition of the ginger! Trying this very soon!
I know, how funny! I made it so last minute one night and can’t believe how popular it’s become!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
I am so loving your combination of fresh ginger, apple cider and apricot jam in this chicken recipe! I’m always time crunched during the week and this would be such a delight to enjoy at the end of a crazy day – thanks so much for sharing it!
I love flavorful and simple recipes like this based on chicken. Everyone loves chicken at my house. In fact, I have a friend who makes us homemade apricot jalapeno jam for Christmas every year. I have some in my refrigerator now and I’m going to try it with your recipe! Thanks Cynthia.
The apricot jam is a wonderful idea…makes a really nice glaze for the chicken and added flavor too. This meal looks amazing! 🙂
Betty Pirs says
Delicious recipe. Can you make ahead and reheat?
Melissa Cushing says
This looks so yummy and delish! My husband love chicken thighs so this is perfect for him and I would love some rice and veggies on the side. I am a huge Apricot fan so the two together….outrageously delicious!
My husband prefers thighs as well since they are juicier! I usually serve with rice and veggies too!
This dish looks amazing! The recipe is so simple and easy – I need to add this to my dinner rotation.
It’s super fast and easy Lasonia! Thank you.
mimi rippee says
Very nice. I like that you added fresh ginger and the vinegar, so it’s not completely sweet. Great idea.
Sounds like such a flavorful glaze! A perfect dinner for the family during the week..love the apricot jam and ginger together.
Katie Zack says
Made this for dinner tonight. Only thing I’d do differently is double the glaze! My husband loved it!!
Awesome! If you love ginger, you can double the ginger too!
Rita Grazda says
This was a huge hit at my house and it really only took 20 minutes to throw together. I served it with Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice (3 minutes) and fresh green beans (2 minutes). Perfect weeknight dinner!
Thank you Rita! It is super fast and easy. The TJ’s brown rice would be a great accompaniment to it!
This week we tried it with pork chops and added sliced peaches. Great twist with this glaze!
Love the sound of that! Sounds fab!
Kay N says
Yumm! Thank you!
This is a very tasty as well as quick supper. Love it! I have a group coming and I was wondering if a double batch could be made and reheated ?
Absolutely! I double recipes a lot! Cook once, eat twice.