This easy apricot chicken recipe is the ideal weeknight dinner. It’s flavorful, healthy and incredibly satisfying.

Plus, all the components can be prepped ahead of time, which means this one-pan chicken and vegetable recipe is also great to add to your weekly meal prep!

Photograph of apricot-glazed chicken on a sheet pan with broccoli, almond and lemon wedges.

Apricot and chicken pair incredibly well, and this quick one-pan chicken dinner exemplifies just that. An uncomplicated apricot glaze dresses up the chicken tenders that then get roasted alongside simply seasoned broccoli florets.

The whole heap gets finished with chewy dried apricots, almonds and lemon wedges. This is what I call easy gourmet!

Photograph of apricot-glazed chicken on a sheet pan with broccoli, almond and lemon wedges.How to Make Apricot Glaze

Apricot glaze can be made a myriad of different ways. From incredibly uncomplicated to more in-depth, it all comes down to what you’re looking for.

This apricot glaze recipe requires just 5 ingredients (not counting salt or olive oil) and requires no stove-top cooking. Plus, it takes less than 3 minutes to make!

Here’s what’s in this easy apricot glaze:

  • Apricot preserves
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes

And all you have to do is whisk it all together!

Photograph of apricot-glazed chicken on a sheet pan with broccoli, almond and lemon wedges.Other apricot glaze recipes call for the addition of some type of liquid—water, orange juice, lemon juice, wine, vinegar—and subsequently require a bit of simmering on the stovetop to thicken.

If you’re willing to add a bit of cooking time, fresh orange juice is a great addition to apricot glaze.

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Photograph of apricot-glazed chicken on a sheet pan with broccoli, almond and lemon wedges.Add these other chicken recipes to your weekly meal prep!

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Photograph of apricot-glazed chicken on a sheet pan with broccoli, almond and lemon wedges.

One-Pan Apricot Chicken & Broccoli Dinner

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy apricot chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! Ready in 30 minutes, it’s a delicious dinner that will satisfy the whole family.  


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, divided
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 ¼ pound chicken tenders (8 tenders)
  • ¼ cup diced dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

Heat oven to 425° with rack set in middle position.

In a large bowl, toss together broccoli, 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes; transfer broccoli to a baking sheet.

In now empty bowl whisk together preserves, remaining tablespoon oil, garlic, Dijon, thyme, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes for the glaze.

Nestle chicken among broccoli on sheet; brush chicken with half of the glaze.

Roast broccoli and chicken for 10 minutes then brush chicken with remaining glaze and stir broccoli. Continue to roast until an instant-read thermometer, inserted in the thickest part of the chicken tender, registers 165°, about 10 minutes more.

Sprinkle apricots and almonds over the chicken and broccoli and serve with lemon wedges.


Notes

Keep this recipe on rotation and swap the broccoli out for whatever veggies you have on hand!

Equipment needed:

  • Sheet pan

This recipe was originally developed by me, Lauren Grant, for Cooks’ Emporium.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 332
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 1018mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 34g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg

Keywords: Apricot Glazed Chicken, easy apricot chicken recipe, one-pan chicken dinner

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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