Monday, June 4, 2012

Russian Apricot Chicken {Slow Cooker Monday}



~This was originally published in September of last year, however, I am dusting it off and re-publishing it again to add to the Slow Cooker Mondays feature on the blog.  I have also added a few additions to the original recipe.~

This recipe for Russian Apricot Chicken and it is so flippin yummy.  Y'all are going to be shocked when you hear how many ingredients it has.  It only requires...hold on to your hats....4 ingredients!  Can you believe that?!  To top it off, it also tastes wonderful!  

It has just the right hint of tanginess mixed in with sweetness.  And an added bonus, it cooks in the slow cooker!!  Just mix the ingredients in a bowl, pour it over the chicken in the slow cooker, and let it cook all day.  It's quick, easy, and yummy!  Can't get any better then that folks :) Try it and see for yourself ;)

Slow Cooker Russian Apricot Chicken

(makes 4-6 chicken breasts)

Ingredients:
1 (12 oz.) jar of apricot preserves
1 bottle of Russian salad dressing
1 to 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 onion, chopped

Directions:
1.  Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker.
2.  In a bowl, mix half the jar of apricot preserves with half the bottle of Russian salad dressing.  Stir in the chopped onions.  Makes sure it's mixed well.
3.  Pour the mixture over the chicken. 
4.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

**Libby's Notes:  You can add a little more preserves or salad dressing if you feel it won't be enough to cover the chicken.  We ended up using all of ours and it came out wonderful.

Recipe Source:  Adapted from Gooseberry Patch's 5-Ingredient Dishes in Minutes Magazine


53 thoughtful comments around the table:

  1. I remember my mother cooking this when I was a kid. She called it Tricia's Chicken. Not sure which Tricia she was talking about though. :) From what I remember it's yummy.

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  2. Ooohhh I am so going to make this tomorrow. Except I will use thights. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. how delicious, what fun flavors!

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  4. How yummy, and simple. Love recipes like these!! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. MMMM! Another amazing recipe from your kitchen! Can I come live with you??? =) You're such a smart mama. Terrific - soo glad you shared!

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  6. Absolutely yumm and love all you dessert recipes.

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  7. Thank you everyone ;) Enjoy the recipe ;)

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  8. Hello Libby
    Thanks for the russian apricot chicken recipe.
    I'll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don't mind, can you submit your russian apricot chicken slow cooker photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It's a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you'd like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

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    1. Thank you for the invite Nina :) I will have to check it out :)

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    2. Will Dorothy Lynch work for the Russian dressing?

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    3. Dorothy Lynch may work. We have not tried it with that. If it works, please come back on here and let us know ;)

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  9. Libby, I couldn't find Russian dressing at Food Lion? Where did you find it? Would French dressing be a good substitute?
    Thanks,
    Angela

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    1. Angela, I have never tried it with the French Dressing. If you have a Wal-Mart near you or Kroger or even a Super Target, I would try looking there first. If all else fails, you can always try it with the French Dressing and see what happens :)

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    2. Russian Dressing is also known as Thousand Island Dressing in a lot of places.

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    3. I beg to differ Russian and 1000 Island are very different. However Russian is difficult to find in Northern Colorado for some reason. And after looking in 4 different stores I could only find the 8 oz size.
      I am going to try this with pork for a church potluck tomorrow. After reading the post I want to try it again with pineapple apricot! That just sounds heavenly!

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    4. Russian dressing is nothing like Thousand Island, or French. I love Dorothy Lynch when I'm not having Roquefort, which I prefer over Bleu :)

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  10. I made this receipe but used pineapple and appricot preserves- onion soup mix and french dressing it came out great...i made quinoa instead of rice for change ...you cannot make a mistake !

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    1. Great substitutes and what a wonderful twist to the original recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. great idea but russian dressing is a hard find. disappointed. guess we'll have stir-fry

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    1. Try Italian dressing instead. I have never used it but it may be a good substitute.

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    2. French dressing is similar to Russian

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    3. Catalina Dressing is an excellent substitute for Russian. You can find either at King Soopers in their brand or Kraft here in Colorado Springs.

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  12. What size bottle of dressing? Sounds perfect for me to put in the crock tomorrow as I'm now working a really long day. Thank you so much!

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    1. The standard size...16 fl. oz. I would use a little over half and use your best judgement if you think it needs more :)

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  13. I make this frequently and often substitute French dressing. It is delicious. Like another reader, I used dry onion soup mix instead of onions. Sometimes I bake mine and it turns out very moist and delicious. This recipe is a keeper!

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    1. Thank you for the input Cara. I'm going to have to try baking it next time :)

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  14. It's surprising to hear some stores don't carry Russian dressing. Where I live it is in every grocery store. The good news is it is the simplist dressing to make from scratch. Mix mayo and ketchup together until you have a pinkish color and a creamy consistancy.... that's basically it. If you want to make it into 1000 Island dressing, add some pickle relish. Sounds crazy but it's just that simple.... Even Rachel Ray makes it that way. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/icebergs-in-russia-salad-recipe.html

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    1. Yes…when all else fails, try making it homemade ;)

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  15. try the chili sauce (in a bottle by Heinz) instead of Russian dressing- it is superb !

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    1. Oh…we will have to try that next time Brenda! Thanks for the tip!

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  16. YUK !!! I tried this and it was TERRIBLE... A waste of good food.

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    1. I'm so sorry it didn't turn out well for you ;(

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  17. This was great--used all of the apricot, russian and onion. After the first meal I put the left over rice in with the chicken and it was even better the second day as there are only two of us. I will be doing this one again and soon.

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  18. In this recipe is the chicken frozen?

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    1. No…it is not frozen. We used thawed chicken for this one. It is possible to use frozen chicken, however, it may make the dish watery.

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  19. Wondering if anyone has tried this with fat free dressing and all fruit preserves or sugar free preserves. Looking to lighten things up....

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    1. I have not tried it with these ingredients but it may work ;) Let us know how it tastes if you do try it ;)

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  20. My mother's version of this recipe uses a can of cranberry sauce instead of apricot preserves. Yummy!

    Re the salad dressing: If you can't find Russian dressing, you can substitute almost any standard salad dressing that is red in color -- French, Catalina, etc. They all work. I've done it about a zillion times.

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    1. Cranberry sauce sounds interesting ;) Thanks for the variation tip ;)

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  21. Can buttermilk be used?

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    1. We have never tried buttermilk with it. However, I wouldn't suggest it due to buttermilk being a dairy product and the risk of it going bad while in the slow cooker. You can maybe coat the chicken breasts in buttermilk and then in a bread crumb mixture…then bake in the oven. I wouldn't suggest substituting the buttermilk for the dressing though. Hope this helps ;)

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  22. Peach preserves or orange marmalade instead of apricot is fine, too. I almost always use then orange marmalade. It's awesome on pork roast, too. Oh, and you don't have to mix the preserves and the dressing, just pour it all over the top of the meat and let it cook.

    This is my go-to recipe for company. The sauce is wonderful over rice.

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  23. I make Kool aid pies all the time all flavors you all should also try strawberry one

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    1. We made the strawberry during July 4th this year and it was very good! :)

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  24. I have made this for years with one change.....I each chicken breast with a slice of WHITE cheese (of your choice, I use Muenster but swiss or provolone would work good) before topping with the sauce and I bake it at 350 for 35-40 minutes. The baked cheese on top of chicken seems like skin but it is not! Sometimes I throw in mushrooms too. This is one of my family's favorite meals!

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    1. Oh yummm! We're going to have to try that one day! Thanks for the idea ;)

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  25. I plan on making this tomorrow but since I found 2 types of Russian dressing and looking for advice on which one to use. Kens dressing (that looks more like a thousand island) or Wishbone that is more brick red in color. Thank you.

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    1. I am sorry I am late in answering this question. I would have went with the Wishbone, however, I have heard either one would work well ;)

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  26. I have made this dish in the oven and in the crockpot. I have used low-fat/fat-free and regular Dorothy Lynch, Catalina and French dressings along with fat free preserves. All are wonderful!!! I have also used the onion soup packet when I don't have an onion on hand. It is amazing also! Awesome easy recipe!!!

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    1. Thank you for letting us know ;) So glad you enjoy the recipe ;)

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  27. Try onion soup mix instead of the onion with Russian salad dressing and Apricot Jam.

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