Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken

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Apricot chicken with ginger 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 quick chicken dish is for you!

Apricot Ginger Chicken in cast iron

Apricot 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.

Ginger chicken ingredients

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.

apricot ginger glaze
The glaze is just apricot jam, water and ginger. (you can even use sugar free jam for a lower-carb meal)

Apricot Glaze

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.

chicken cooking in pan

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.

Apricot jam in sauce 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.

Chicken in glaze

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.

Apricot ginger chicken

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Apricot ginger chicken

Apricot Chicken with Ginger

This simple recipe for apricot chicken with ginger takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Use sugar free jam for a lower carb version.
5 from 56 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 270 kcal



  • 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.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 33gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 431mgFiber: 0.05gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    Sounds like such a flavorful glaze! A perfect dinner for the family during the week..love the apricot jam and ginger together.

  7. Made this for dinner tonight. Only thing Iโ€™d do differently is double the glaze! My husband loved it!!

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 5 stars
    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 ?

  10. 5 stars
    A new favorite. My son has an apricot tree. My DIL made an apricot ginger jam. This recipe was made for our family!

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