Simple Supper Friday: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Slow cooker apricot chicken.

Wow, what an exhausting, but good week! I am whooped and so glad that it’s Friday. I admit, I haven’t done the greatest with my sleep this week and part of it is due to poor planning. Sure, I had an extra busy week, but most of this falls back on me. I gladly take the blame. Yesterday was especially brutal on the tiredness scale, and I even took a cat-nap before going to work in the evening. I opted to get better sleep last night, put my computer away and got to bed at my preferred time. I’ve got to get myself back on track because things are only going to get more hectic!

Anyway, pull out your slow cooker for this one! With some simple prep and steps, you can have this in your slow cooker in no time, but remember to plan ahead for the cooking time.

Slow cookers really are my saving grace. Plus, I can’t get enough shredded meat. It’s my favorite.


  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 14.5 oz can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, unsulphered dried apricots,Β halved


  1. Melt the 1 tsp of the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper, and add to the pan. Brown on both sides for a couple minutes. Then, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, melt the remaining 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add more if needed. Add the onion and saute a few minutes, until it becomes translucent. Stir in the ginger, garlic, cinnamon and allspice. Cook and stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and chicken broth. Cook a few minutes longer, until heated through. Pour mixture into slow cooker and add the dried halved apricots. Place chicken on top of the mixture and cover.
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4.
  5. When done, shred the chicken with two forks and mix together.
  6. Serve atop vegetable of choice (kale, winter squash, etc.). I used mashed butternut squash.

Yields: 4-5 servings




47 thoughts on “Simple Supper Friday: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

  1. Cinnamoneats January 25, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Yum this looks delicious! I love sweet and savoury tastes mixed together πŸ™‚

  2. Craving4More January 25, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I really like your photo. The shredded chicken LOOKS amazing. However, I have to admit, whenever I try shredded meat, I am always disappointed. I find that most recipes are just too sweet for me. And, I despise cooked fruit – with the exception of tomatoes.
    You do inspire me quite often…so maybe I’ll give this a try – sort of a dessert for dinner πŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx January 25, 2013 / 9:40 am

      Thanks, Ashley! The apricots break down a lot during the cooking process and aren’t really distinguishable at the end, but definitely add a bit of sweetness. You can always omit them. I think the recipe would taste just as good. Glad I inspire you to try different things…you do the same for me πŸ˜‰

  3. Shonnie January 25, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    Looking forward to trying this. πŸ˜€

  4. Luv What You Do January 25, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    This looks incredible! I am a huge fan of my crockpot AND shredded chicken. I’d love to try this recipe!

    • paleoinpdx January 25, 2013 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks! I hope you do try it πŸ˜‰

  5. Tammy January 26, 2013 / 9:11 am

    I was looking for an excuse to pull out the slow cooker!

    • paleoinpdx January 26, 2013 / 12:16 pm

      I pull out my slow cooker as often as I can πŸ˜‰

  6. Jill January 27, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Hey! Unrelated question for ya πŸ™‚ regarding coffee…I’ve never ever had it and wondering about it. I have a feeling I’d find it disgusting and with my digestive issues all signs point to NOT having it (I ought to be having green smoothies instead or juices, jeesh….). BUT, I almost wonder if it’d make me “go” in the mornings…I have no coffee machine. What about the little packets I saw in Sobeys? There’s one with 6 single packets that says “Single Serve – Nescafe – Tasters Choice ” …the ingredients say 100% coffee…is that …okay? And what is the nutriton in it (calories, etc..Ii ask simply because I’m absolutely wondering about that…always kinda wondered). AND if you do have it and (like me) want to see if it will make you “go” is it best to drink it before breakfast (and wait a bit to see if it “works” ) or after breakfast?….anyway, thanks πŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx January 27, 2013 / 7:23 pm

      I stopped drinking coffee years ago because of its nasty effects and how much it hurt my system. I occasionally drink it now, but only cold-brewed, which my guy makes at home. It has 60% less acid than regular brewed coffee and I haven’t had any trouble with it when we’ve made it at home. It doesn’t require a coffee machine, but you do need a French press. If I were you, I’d opt for green or black tea, just make sure not to oversteep or it’ll taste terrible. About 2 minutes for green and 3-5 for black. I love green tea in the morning πŸ™‚ Tea and coffee have 0 calories. It’s what you put it in that adds calories. I always drink my tea after breakfast, but occasionally before.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Erin January 28, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    This was so good! I didn’t have any chicken breasts around so I used some skin on thighs. I browned them skin side down, then reserved some of the fat to saute the onions, etc. Then removed the skin and dumped it all in the crock pot in the order you suggested. It was so amazing! Even my husband who doesn’t like this flavor profile at all, loved it. I served it over cubes of roasted butternut squash (tossed in more of the reserved chicken fat). Had the left overs for lunch at work today! I’m thinking it might be good with beef too…. Or a little coconut milk added at the end…. THANKS fellow Portlander!

    • paleoinpdx January 28, 2013 / 7:09 pm

      Great, I’m so glad you tried it, fellow Portlander! It’s awesome that your hubby even enjoyed it too! I love the idea of adding coconut milk — that would taste wonderful. I imagine this would be pretty good with beef too, maybe some stew meat or something? If you try it, let me know πŸ˜‰

  8. Lindy February 12, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Any idea if the final product would freeze well into smaller portions? I love making big batches of food and freezing it for lunches to take to work.

    • paleoinpdx February 12, 2013 / 2:00 pm

      I’ve never tried freezing it, but I imagine it would work quite well. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. I say, give it a shot!

  9. Wendy February 24, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    I made this last week and it was sooooo tasty! I will definitely be making again.

  10. kristen March 2, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    smitten with your blog – and this recipe which i am making for the second time tonight! Thanks for the great ideas! and happy birthday!

    • paleoinpdx March 2, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      Aw, thanks Kristen. Your words mean a lot and I’m so happy you love this recipe. I appreciate your birthday wishes! I’m having a lovely day so far!

  11. kristen_anne March 2, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Smitten with your blog, and this recipe which I am making for the 2nd time tonight! Thanks for the great ideas! and happy birthday!

  12. fosterima March 11, 2013 / 11:49 am

    I have this in the slow-cooker right now! Had some bone-in, skin-on drumsticks so I used half those, half boneless skinless thighs – I’ll pick the skin and bones out later. I also ran short on apricots so i used a few prunes as well. Will let you know how it works!

    • paleoinpdx March 11, 2013 / 2:24 pm

      Yes, keep me posted on how things work out! I imagine prunes will work taste pretty good!

  13. Alison March 26, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    Made this several times, and love it! Wondering if you have ever done it without browning everything, but instead just throwing it in the crockpot? Trying to save some time!

    • paleoinpdx March 28, 2013 / 8:53 am

      Great, glad you like it! I brown the chicken first because I feel like it adds flavor and locks in the juices, but you can definitely skip that step, especially if you’re tight on time!

  14. leigh May 17, 2013 / 5:57 am

    Can you omit the tomaotes? Will it be too dry?

    • paleoinpdx May 17, 2013 / 8:27 am

      I don’t recommend it, unless you have to avoid tomatoes/nightshades, but I suppose you could omit them. You will probably need to add a bit more broth though and possibly tweak some of the other flavors.

  15. Lydia January 22, 2014 / 4:32 am

    There is just something about the combination of apricot and chicken that is downright amazing! This looks like a recipe I’ll need to try!

    Thanks for contributing your recipe to my 125+ Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes post!

    • paleoinpdx January 22, 2014 / 7:57 am

      Big thanks to you for featuring it, Lydia! I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the recipe when you try it — it’s had some pretty rave reviews!

  16. Janet January 18, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    The first time I tried this I didn’t have dried apricots, so I used what I had: dried apples and dried peaches. It was sweet and delicious. I love sweet things but a little too sweet for my daughter. The day after (leftovers) the liquid really absorbed into the meal and the sweetness depleted a bit. This recipe is a keeper!

    I’m cooking it tonite (to take to a potluck tomorrow) with the apricots.

    • paleoinpdx January 19, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Janet! I’m glad you were able to find a tasty substitution when you didn’t have apricots on hand. Gotta work with what you have sometimes. Meanwhile, I hope the recipe is a hit at your potluck!

  17. lynn May 8, 2015 / 6:18 am

    you know chicken thighs are not paleo your suppose to avoid those

    • paleoinpdx May 8, 2015 / 7:39 am

      Actually they are totally legit and most definitely paleo. I’m not sure where you got that idea.

  18. jenny November 5, 2015 / 6:04 am

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it frequently. Enjoy your blog.

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