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Apple Balsamic Chicken Recipe
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Apple Balsamic Chicken Recipe

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I just love the sweet and tart flavor that balsamic vinegar gives to this dish. It's easy to prepare and after cooking in the slow cooker, the chicken thighs are tender and flavorful.—Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/3 cup sauce equals 277 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. Place chicken in a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the broth, cider, vinegar, lemon juice and seasonings; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apple Balsamic Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p38

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/3 cup sauce equals 277 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"I really liked this but my husband thought it was so-so. Which is odd, because he usually likes the vinegar based flavors and I don't, but in this case, I liked it better. Used bone in thighs and drums. I may make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I think this recipe is amazing! Made it tonight for me and the hubby and it was a hit! We try to eat paleo style so I used coconut flour and it was great!"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Very good!"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"I didn't change anything about this recipe. The chicken was ok, but I did not like the sauce at all and it looked nothing like the one in the picture. To me the sauce was bland and not sweet and tart like it described. My balsamic vinegar is brand new, so it couldn't be that. It also had a weird taste to it that I could not identify. I was very disappointed in this recipe as it sounded so wonderful, and not sure what happened that made mine so different from everybody else's glowing reviews."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Tried this recipe exactly as it is, and it was a major hit with my husband and me. I didn't change anything. No, you do not brown the chicken first, just put it in the cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. I used 8 boneless thighs that weren't even fully thawed, but they cooked up nice and tender. I melted the butter in the microwave, stirred in the flour and added it back to the cooker to thicken the broth at the end. My husband dipped bread into the gravy to finish it off the next day. Definitely a keeper, in fact, I'm going to make it again for dinner tonight!"

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