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Chicken with Apricots and Almonds cooked in the slow cooker – how good does that sound!

This dish is one of the tastiest Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes – and you’ll be pressing ‘go’ on the slow cooker in less than 10 minutes 🙂

You might also like these other two slow cooker recipes Chicken Cacciatore and Beef Stroganoff

Chicken with Apricots and Almonds - uncooked


Slow Cooker

This recipe will serve around 4 people – so let’s get started:

Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes – Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs, trimmed of any fat and cut in half
  • 1 Onion, finely sliced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, crushed
  • 3 or 4 Carrots, diced
  • Around 20 dried apricots (ready-to-eat kind) cut in half
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Orange
  • Small amount of honey – no more than 1 tea spoon
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Approx 750 ml / one and a quarter pints of water (or chicken stock if you have it)
  • 3 or 4 Table Spoons Ground Almonds

Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes – Method

  1. Put everything bar the Ground Almonds into the slow cooker
  2. Stir
  3. Slow cook for around 2-3 hours
  4. Just before serving, take out the Cinnamon Stick and stir in the Ground Almonds to thicken the sauce
  5. How easy was that!

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • Serve with couscous, rice or baked potatoes
  • Some green vegetables would also be nice on the side if you have time
  • I like to serve at the table so people can help themselves
  • This recipe also works well with lamb – slow cook for a little longer
  • You could also use chicken drumsticks – slow cook for a little longer to make sure the chicken if fully cooked

Handy Hints

  • If you cook for more than 2-3 hours, the dried apricots will turn to mush. So, if you plan on slow cooking for longer, don’t put them in at the beginning
  • If you try this recipe with lamb you can buy the cheaper cuts (trimmed of any fat). Slow cooking will make the lamb beautiful and tender
  • Definitely use chicken stock if you have it, but I’ve made it using just water and it’s still very tasty

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You might also enjoy:

Chicken Cacciatore

Beef Stroganoff

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21 Responses to “Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Rita Pepper says:

    Thank you Jan,
    I am going to use this recipe this weekend it sounds so nice and I LOVE cooking in my Slow Cooker

  2. Kerry Lea says:

    Thanks for the slow cooker recipes, they all sound yum and easy and quick to do. I mainly cook soups in the slow cooker, so these recipes will be a change.

  3. Is there any type of slow cooker you’d recommend for chicken slow cooker recipes?

  4. Thanks for comments Rita, Kerry and Lina,
    Let me know how you get on with this recipe Rita – like you, I just love cooking in my slow cooker.
    I’ve never tried soups in the slow cooker Kerry – what a good idea. I’ll have to give that a try.
    Lina – Slow cookers range in price from around $50 to upwards of $200. All seem to have a slow, high and warm setting (which is important), the more expensive ones also have a timer. Apart from that, they all appear to do the same thing – slow cook the food. Many of the department stores often have them on special (like 50% off) so you can get a mid price range one very cheaply. One thing I would recommend is getting a big one. You can always put a small amount of food into a big one, but not the other way around. Mine doesn’t have a timer, but because I work from home I don’t really need one. For people who work 9-5 a timer would be of benefit, so they could pre-set the slow cooker to come on at say 2 in the afternoon. Hope this helps Lina. Always nice to have you drop by.

  5. Jackie Stenhouse says:

    I love my slow cooker but tend to only use it to cook silverside, beef stroganoff and stew. I will definitely be trying this chicken recipe in my slow cooker, sounds delicious and so easy.

  6. Yes, that’s very helpful slow cooker information. Thank you, Jan.

  7. Glad that helped Lina.
    Let me know how you get on with this recipe Jackie. The lamb version is really good too.

  8. Belinda says:

    Hi Jan,
    As Cade mentioned I have just purchased myself a slow cooker (on sale at Harris Scarf Lina, Kambrook 6L $45.00). The chicken with apricots recipe sounds delicious, and I am going to print of the Chicken Cacciatore and Beef Strogganoff as well. Thought it might be a good investment with a new baby on the way : )

  9. Harry Lynn says:

    Excuse me while I wipe my chin !!!
    That really pushed my flavour buttons……………Yum Yum.
    The great thing with slow cookers is when you load them before work, turn onto low and come home to a delicious hot meal with the aroma assailing your nostrils as you walk in the door. Mine broke some time back – time for a new one.

  10. Wilson says:


    I just love using the slow cooker. Only downside is that it may take hours to make a very very good dish. Surely the enjoyment of the dish makes up for the long hours later on. Also nice recipe, it’s very similar to a recipe I used to use. Might try it soon. Hope it tastes good!

    Kind regards,

  11. Congrats on getting a new slow cooker Belinda – you’re going to love it 🙂 Let me know how you get on with the 3 recipes. (Baby on the way – how gorgeous 🙂 )
    I couldn’t agree more Harry – I think you need to treat yourself to another slow cooker some time soon 🙂
    Hi Wilson – the trick is to prepare the food in the slow cooker when you’re not hungry – maybe just after lunch. If you’re hungry when the ingredients go in, it will be a long, hungry wait! Thanks for dropping by – and let me know how you go with this recipe.

  12. Sean says:

    Hi Jan, I have recently moved out of home and I am yet to purchase a slow cooker. Having said that, knowing that I can make good quality meals in ten minutes, I think it will be a well worthy investment.

  13. Hi Jan,
    Forgot how easy it is to do slow cooker recipes. You reminded me, so making something this weekend. Thanks.

  14. Hi Sean and Matt,
    Definitely worth the investment Sean – check out my reply to Lina’s comment above – some useful tips on purchasing a slow cooker.
    You’re not wrong Matt. Slow cooking is so easy – and convenient too. Hope you enjoy this recipe if you make it at the weekend.

  15. Rita Pepper says:

    Hi Jan,
    I cant believe we both did a post today on slow Cookers 🙂

  16. I see you’ve used chicken thighs for your Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes. That’s the part of the chicken with the richest flavours, so you’re onto a winner there. Add the honey and cinnamon and you’ve got a nice (but slightly unconventional) recipe. A quick no fuss, low prep meal.

  17. Tegan Hadley says:

    I love my slow cooker! I think I spent about $50 on mine and its pretty big, it was on special! I love making lamb shanks in it! This chicken recipe looks amazing too so I will have to give it a go!

  18. I love my slow cooker and this is a recipe I will be trying and less then 10 minutes to get ready.

    Leaving it on whilst I head to work and to come home to a cooked dinner sounds great.

    I’ll let you know what i think of your Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes.

  19. Great minds think alike Rita 🙂
    Hi David – I didn’t know chicken thighs were considered the richest flavour – thanks for letting me know. Try my ‘slightly unconventional’ recipe – I think you’ll love it 🙂
    Hi Tegan – I also bought my slow cooker on ‘special’ and paid about the same as you – they really are quite cheap. Lamb shanks – my Dad’s favourite – I’ll have to get his recipe 🙂
    Hi Tania – for people who work during the day, a slow cooker is the perfect option – a home-made, ready cooked meal when you get home – perfect!

  20. Carolyn says:

    Looking forward to trying your recipe, sounds great! The slow cooker is an excellent way to cook meat and keep it moist and tender when serving. Very convenient when cooking and preparing in advance.

  21. Hi Carolyn,
    Yes, the slow cooker is a really convenient way to prepare food well in advance. Hope you enjoy the recipe – let me know how you go.

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