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Instant Pot: Apricot Honey Chicken

A sweet and tangy Apricot Honey Chicken recipe, perfect for a quick and delicious dinner using an Instant Pot.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Units Scale

46 bone-in chicken breast halves (or other cuts of chicken)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 cup orange juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon honey


Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper to your liking.
Plug in your Instant Pot and insert the inner pot.
Press the ‘SAUTE’ button on the Instant Pot and add the canola oil to the pot.
Once the oil is hot, add the seasoned chicken to the pot and sauté until lightly browned on each side.
While the chicken is browning, whisk together the apricot preserves, orange juice, chicken broth, and honey in a bowl.
After browning the chicken, pour the apricot honey mixture over it in the Instant Pot.
Secure the Instant Pot lid and make sure the valve is set to the ‘SEALING’ position.
Select the ‘MANUAL’ setting and adjust the timer to cook for 20 minutes on HIGH pressure.
Wait as the Instant Pot indicates ‘ON’ and takes a few minutes to build pressure before the cooking cycle begins.
Once the cooking time has ended and the Instant Pot beeps, carefully turn the valve to ‘VENTING’ to perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR). Use a wooden spoon to protect your hands from the steam.
Ensure the steam has been fully released and the safety pin has dropped before opening the lid.
Serve the Apricot Honey Chicken hot directly from the pot. For additional browning, you may place the chicken under a broiler until it reaches your desired level of color.


For a citrusy twist, substitute apricot preserves with orange preserves.
Experiment with different cuts of chicken like legs, thighs, or wings for variety.
Leftovers are great for enhancing dishes such as rice pilaf or soup.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: Variable
  • Sugar: Variable depending on apricot preserves
  • Sodium: Variable
  • Fat: Variable
  • Saturated Fat: Variable
  • Unsaturated Fat: Variable
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: Variable depending on apricot preserves
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: Variable
  • Cholesterol: Variable

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