Sweet and Sour Chicken Using Italian Dressing and Apricot Jam


Got this recipe from a roommate and have received countless compliments in dinner groups. When I'm cooking for dinner group (a lot of people), sometimes I use a 16-ounce bottle Italian dressing with an 18-ounce jar of apricot jam.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup white rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 cup apricot jam

  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing (such as Wishbone®)

  • ½ cup dried minced onion

  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced pineapple, drained

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken breasts on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Combine apricot jam, Italian-style salad dressing, and dried onions together in a bowl. Place browned chicken in a baking dish and pour jam mixture over the chicken; bake for 15 minutes. Add the pineapple, chopped onion and chopped red bell pepper; continue baking until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside, another 15 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

574 Calories
16g Fat
83g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 574
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 43mg 215%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 502mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.