Spicy Apricot Chicken in the Air Fryer

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Quick and Delicious Chicken in the Air Fryer

Looking for a fun and creative way to spice up your chicken for dinner? Check out this super easy apricot chicken recipe. With only six ingredients, you can whip up this recipe in less 30 minutes. Keep reading to find out how to make juicy, tender, and spicy chicken in the air fryer!

Spicy Apricot Chicken Ingredients

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With these marinade ingredients, you will want 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves or about 4 ounces each of chicken breast. Then, to make the simple 5 ingredient spicy apricot glaze, you will need:

  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

How to Make Spicy Apricot Sauce

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This spicy apricot sauce is so easy to make together. In a medium saucepan, combine the apricot preserves, chili sauce, and hot mustard. Stir together and heat through on medium-low heat. Keep the sauce on low heat, stirring occasionally until you add it to the chicken.

How to cook juicy air fryer chicken

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Cooking chicken in the air fryer is so easy! Here are a few tips to remember when you make air fryer chicken.

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Tip #1: Use a meat pounder

Pound down the thicker end of each chicken breast. This helps to even out the thickness so they will cook more evenly and quickly. The Norpro Meat Pounder makes quick work of it.

Tip #2: Oil the chicken

Spritz the chicken with oil. I like to use an avocado oil spray, but any olive oil or avocado oil will work. Just a thin layer to coat is needed. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Tip #3: Cook the chicken

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Air fryer chicken breast is so easy and fast! Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and cook at 380˚F/193˚C for about 10 minutes. Flip the chicken at the halfway point. Then, brush on some of the sauce onto the chicken breasts.

Tip #4: Use an instant read thermometer

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Continue cooking the chicken. Using an instant read thermometer is the best way to tell when the chicken is done. You want the center of the thickest part of the chicken breast to reach 155°F/68°C to 160°F/71°C.

Tip #5: Let the chicken rest

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Let the air fryer chicken breasts rest for about 5-10 minutes to finish cooking and before slicing to maximize juiciness. The chicken will be done cooking once it reaches 165°F/74°C.

Air fryer Spicy Chicken

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Once the chicken finishes cooking, serve the chicken with the remaining bit of the sauce. You can enjoy this chicken with some tasty jasmine rice, fruit, or vegetable of your choice.

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Spicy Apricot Chicken in the Air Fryer

Need a fun and creative way to spice up your chicken? Try this delicious and simple air fryer spicy apricot air fryer. You make this 5 ingredient recipe in less than 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • cup apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves 4 ounces each

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the apricot preserves, chili sauce, and hot mustard. Stir together and heat through on medium-low heat.
  • Pound the thicker end of each chicken breast to even it out so they will cook more evenly. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Spritz chicken with oil and rub to coat. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 380˚F/193˚C for about 10 minutes.
  • At the halfway point, turn the chicken and brush on some of the sauce onto the chicken breasts. Continue cooking until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the chicken reads 155˚F/68˚C.
  • Let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes to finish cooking, then slice and serve.
  • Serve the chicken with the remaining bit of the sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 555mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

Recipe Adapted From: Taste of Home

Ingredients: Apricot, Chicken, Chili Sauce, Mustard
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Easter, Fall, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer, Winter, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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