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4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this Russian apricot chicken recipe! It's plate-licking good!

4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this Russian apricot chicken recipe! It's plate-licking good!

How are we already in mid-August? It’s crazy that summer is almost over and Fall is just around the corner. The weather this week in the DC-area has been very Fall-like. I’m talking about waking up to 58 degree weather and having it only be in the mid-70’s with a light breeze. We were very lucky to not have gotten the heat and humidity that this area is used to. Haha, now I’m really scared for what winter has in store for us!

I’m starting to see Fall recipes pop up all over my Pinterest feed and while that’s all nice and dandy, I just want to halt summer for just a little longer! I feel that it gets cooler so much faster than it gets hot and there’s not enough summer warmth to go around. I already feel the days getting shorter :( not going to be a happy camper once it hits daylight savings and leaving work at 4pm is basically like going home at 7pm! I honestly don’t mind Fall because I love brisk jean and t-shirt weather, but it just seemed like summer went by in a blink of an eye! I think I need to move to the West coast since I crave sunshine and warm weather. Now, to make that happen is a different story. My brother recently did it! I should follow suit ;)

4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this Russian apricot chicken recipe! It's plate-licking good!

4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this Russian apricot chicken recipe! It's plate-licking good!

I’ve heard of this recipe before and it’s one of those really quick dinner options for those busy nights. I bought (the wrong) Russian dressing a while back (like, 6 months ago) intending to make this Russian apricot chicken ’cause everyone raves about it but I never got around to doing so until now obviously. What was I thinking waiting so long? I love the sweet and tangy flavor of the chicken and the sauce is plate-licking good! If you like sweet and tangy, you’ll love this chicken!

Don’t make the same mistake as me and buy creamy Russian dressing (like the one you use in ruebens) – you need to buy the red oily type one that’s basically catalina dressing. I honestly don’t know why Wishbone calls it Russian dressing when it’s really catalina dressing and to make it more confusing, they have both the creamy and the non-creamy version. This recipe won’t work if you use the creamy one – I feel like it’d just be like a pepto bismol color and not very appetizing! Since I bought the wrong kind and I didn’t want to go back to the store, I ended up making my own catalina dressing for this recipe so that is below and I suggest you make it from scratch so you don’t get the wrong dressing :) you’ll definitely make the right dressing if you use the recipe below!

4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this Russian apricot chicken recipe! It's plate-licking good!

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Russian Apricot Chicken

4 ingredients only! If you love sweet and tangy flavors, then you'll love this chicken recipe! 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 1082kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the catalina/Russian dressing

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (I highly recommend thighs)*
  • 1 package of dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup catalina dressing
  • 1 cup apricot preserves

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the catalina/Russian dressing.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking pan with two layers of foil and place chicken into the pan.
  • In a measuring cup, whisk together onion soup mix, catalina dressing, and apricot preserves.
  • Pour the mixture all over the chicken.
  • Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes, or when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While baking, you'll want to baste it often with either a brush or a baster. Just so the chicken gets re-coated with the delicious sauce.
  • If you want, 5 minutes or so before the chicken is done, you can pop it under the broiler to get the sauce to caramelize a bit on the chicken but this is totally optional.
  • Serve with your favorite veggies or grains.

Notes

I used a mixture of chicken breasts and chicken thighs in my dish just to see how it'd turn out and of course, since chicken thighs are dark meat, they turned out juicier and more tender. If I were to do it again, I'd make this dish with all chicken thighs. The chicken breasts were still good and you can definitely still use them if you don't like chicken thighs, but I just personally prefer thighs and thought the chicken turned out better with thighs. There will be a bit of leftover sauce left in the bottom of the dish so definitely use that when you serve your chicken and/or put it all over whatever else you're serving with your chicken!
Catalina dressing makes about 2 cups so store the remaining dressing in a mason jar, or similar, in the refrigerator.
Catalina dressing from Food.com
Nutrition Facts
Russian Apricot Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 1082 Calories from Fat 657
% Daily Value*
Fat 73g112%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 65g72%
Protein 34g68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and note guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Recipe Rating




Tania

Thursday 6th of February 2020

This was so good! I took your advice and used chicken thighs. Wow! And that sauce was extra yummy over some white rice. Served with a salad.

Bancy

Friday 10th of January 2020

I’ve made this twice. Both times the sauce burned So I’d say 400 is way too hot. Also 1000 cal per serving?? Pretty hefty

Julie

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

I was simply looking for an apricot chicken recipe and stumbled upon this . Whats not to like, it had all ingredients that call for easy assembley then baked in the oven. I used bottled Catalina because I read the recipe incorrectly. So in my case, three ingredients plus chicken. SIMPLE . This is a delicious chicken recipe!

Bobbi

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

YOUR CAULIFLOWER KUGLE RECIPE LISTED 12 CUPSO F MATZOH MEAL!!!!!!!! I BELIEVE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 12T. I WASTED LOTS OF TIME AND INGREDIENTS!!!!

Julie

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

Okay first, this recipe has nothing to do with cauliflower. And second, there is no matzoh meal in this chicken recipe. Not exactly sure where you are seeing this...

Ron Savage

Saturday 30th of December 2017

I absolutely love this recipe and plan to make it for my New Year’s dinner!!! I serve it with Knorr Sides rice medley and King’s Hawaiian rolls!!! Absolutely delicious!!! For a tasty twist, add an 8oz. can of pineapple tidbits, drained, to the sauce!!! Serve on a bed of Knorr Sides teriyaki rice!!! A perfect meal for Chinese New Year!!! (February 16)