Sticky Apricot Chicken

When I was growing up, my sister and I used to go to our neighbour’s house after school every day. She became almost like our second Mum and is one of the many reasons I love to cook as much as I do today. I used to help her prepare dinner every school night and during the summer, we would cook all day together. This recipe is 100% hers and one of my favourite things we used to make together. It also the recipe I chose to make for my parents when I was twelve and decided to make them a surprise anniversary dinner.

What makes this chicken so special? It is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, gooey, caramelized, and tender. You will get the best results if you cook the chicken on a grill, but I currently don’t own a grill and get amazing results in a cast iron pan.

Although I make this chicken any time of year, it is a great recipe for Canada Day or July 4th. Enjoy!!

Sticky apricot chicken!


  • 8-10 chicken thighs (can be with or without bone)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup apricot preserves
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup ballpark mustard
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • You can add sriracha to taste to make it spicy if you would like


  1. Preheat grill or cast iron pan to medium
  2. Combine apricot preserves, fresh ginger, ketchup, mustard, and horseradish in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Once grill/pan is preheated, begin cooking the chicken.
  4. When chicken is close to cooked, begin basting with apricot sauce. Baste each side several times and allow sauce to cook on chicken until caramelized. Make sure to reserve some of the apricot sauce on the side for serving.
  5. Serve chicken with any sides of your choice. Chicken is amazing both warm and cold.



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