Rinse apricots and scatter them in a slow cooker. Pat chicken dry; season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook thighs until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. (Brown in batches to avoid crowding skillet.) Arrange over apricots.
Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. fat in skillet. Add onion and cook until just soft, 2 to 4 minutes.
Add broth to skillet; turn heat to high. Bring to a boil, loosening browned bits.
Pour contents of skillet over apricots and chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
Carefully transfer thighs to a serving dish (they'll tend to fall apart easily); cover with foil to keep warm. Pour remaining contents into a saucepan. Boil, stirring often, until reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Pour over chicken.
I hope that my info will answer a few reviewers questions? Yes, apricots are seasonal, summer is theirs! No, you can NOT skip browning the chicken, that's where all the flavor in it comes from! I always brown my meat (any kind) before crock potting it, it improves the flavor so much, I'd never skip this step. I know it's messy and a wee bit time consuming, but trust me, it's so worth it. Good Luck and ENJOY! We did*!* Dried apricots can be reconstituted by soaking them a short time in a bit of hot water. Easy peasy!
Really good! I added a clove of garlic and some mushrooms I wanted to use up and substituted white wine for broth. Cooked on stove top because I didn't have time to slow cook. Excellent. My daughter ate the mushrooms which she usually avoids and my husband ate the apricots. Should be good for leftover lunch, too!
Great name as it was easy, quick and delicious. My co workers loved it, served greens as side. Mine did not look like the picture as I used the dried apricots that come in a bag. Should I have used the fresh ones? Are they seasonal as I looked for them.
So easy! Chicken was so tender and juicy. The apricots were a little too sweet for my husband and I but overall the flavor was pretty good. Served with brown rice and salad. Definitely will use this method to cook chicken thighs again!
I loved this recipe. To offset the sweetness I served brown rice and broccoli & cauliflower roasted with olive oil, salt & pepper. I might also add a little salt & pepper to the chicken when I plate it next time...will definitely make again and it was really easy.
Actually this recipe was very good and easy to make. The sauce at the end makes all the difference. I would defitenly serve this to company any time. It's a more mild flavor so that's why I didn't give it a 5. I served it with white rice and green beans - great crockpot dinner.
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