This saucy slow cooker chicken lives at the flavorful intersection where sweet and savory meet. Never cooked with apricot brandy? It lends a unique fruity richness to this dish and can be found in most liquor stores shelved with flavored other liqueurs.


Credit: Iain Bagwell

Recipe Summary

4 hrs 45 mins
30 mins
Makes 4 servings


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  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of chicken, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken. Transfer chicken to a 5-qt. slow cooker.

  • Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add brandy, and cook 2 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.

  • Add onion mixture to slow cooker. Whisk together honey, mustard, and chicken broth. Pour over onions. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until chicken is tender, adding dried apricots halfway through.

  • Transfer chicken, onions, and apricots to a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour liquid from slow cooker through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a small saucepan; discard solids. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Whisk in butter, and serve with chicken.