Retro Apricot Chicken Thermomix Style

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Have you noticed that recipes go in and out of fashion? This Retro Apricot Chicken recipe was all the rage in the 1980’s. Most households had it on a weekly meal plan rotation! Then it went out of fashion.  I feel a little sorry for the poor old apricot chicken. It was a family favourite for the best part of a decade and then we just dumped it!

Retro Apricot Chicken

Retro Apricot Chicken

It has actually been 25 years since I made an apricot chicken for the family. What a shame, trending food becomes popular for a reason, namely, it’s good! Everyone loved apricot chicken in the 80’s. It was an easy dish to make, with limited ingredients and the whole family enjoyed it. Kids cleaned their dinner bowl in record time, and everyone was happy.

Thermomix Apricot Chicken

Thermomix Apricot Chicken

Retro Apricot Chicken

Retro Thermomix Apricot Chicken

Julie Carlyle
Super quick weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4 people


  • 10 gm garlic
  • 120 gm brown onion halved
  • 640 gm boneless chicken thigh fillets
  • 2 Tbs cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp powdered chicken stock Massel
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 230 gm carrot peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 405 gm apricot nectar Berri
  • 35 gm French onion soup Continental


  • Add garlic to TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Scrape down bowl.
  • Add the onion to the garlic. Chop 5 sec/Speed 4.5.
  • Place the corn flour, powdered chicken stock, turmeric and garam masala in a glass bowl and stir to combine.
  • Dice the chicken into massive chunks and add it to the seasoned cornflour. Coat the chicken well ensuring there is no flour left in the bowl.
  • Add the chicken, apricot nectar, french onion soup and carrot to TM bowl. Cook 25min/100 degrees/REVERSE BLADE/ Soft spoon.
  • Serve with mashed potato, rice or cous cous.


Apricot chicken freezes well and is a good option for a quick weeknight meal.
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So why do these recipes fall out of favour? I think it’s because we overdose on them! They suffer from over consumption and become a “food cliche”. So Now 25 years on I’ve decided to give my trusty apricot chicken recipe a whirl in the Thermomix. I’ve made a few changes because I found the recipe didn’t taste the same in the Thermomix. The dish had too sweet a flavour with no savoury depth. This could possibly be because of the lack of caramelization.

Thermomix Retro Apricot Chicken Recipe

Thermomix Retro Apricot Chicken Recipe

This was also a social experiment.  I’d never made this dish for my husband or kids. My children actually don’t like apricots but I was willing to bet they would still love this old time favourite. Best of all, the recipe takes about 5 minutes of preparation.

Apricot Chicken Recipe

Apricot Chicken Recipe

You know deep down you want to try it…

Do you think enough time has passed for this dish to become a retro favourite in your household? Have you made apricot chicken for the family? If so why not pin the recipe or add it to your meal plan. I’d love to know what the family thinks!

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7 thoughts on “Retro Apricot Chicken Thermomix Style”

  1. Marilyn Newton says:

    Apricot Chicken is still a favourite in our household. In fact it’s in the slow cooker as I speak I use a Thermo French Onion Soup mix which I always have on hand and also add chopped dried Apricots.
    Looking forward to trying your recipe next time for sure.

  2. Di says:

    Great recipe but would have been better without the garam masala

  3. Nicole says:

    5 stars
    I don’t usually leave reviews, but this dish was delish, how could I not? Time after time I try 5 star rated recipes from the recipe community and am disappointed by the blandness. Not this time. This was absolutely on point. So delicious, easy and affordable with such a simple ingredient list. Thank you so much for sharing from the bottom of my heart – Mother of a painfully fussy little… boy who actually ate his dinner tonight

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank you so much Nicole!! Reading your comment has absolutely made my day xxx You can’t imagine how heart warming it is to me to know that you are making, and enjoying my recipe.

  4. Hazel says:

    5 stars
    love this! Has become a regular in our household! So much easier and quicker than the way I used to do it and is soooo delicious!

  5. jessica says:

    5 stars
    Wow Apricot Chicken Recipe looks sooo yummy!!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy making it ????

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