Apple Barbecue Chicken Recipe
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Apple Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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My husband and I had just moved to Dallas when I first made this recipe. Everything was new—new city, new home—but this dish felt familiar and comforting. —Darla Andrews, Lewisville, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Nutritional Facts

2 chicken drumsticks with 1/2 cup sauce: 501 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 949mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. Sprinkle drumsticks with pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Brown drumsticks in batches; drain. Remove from pan.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to pan, stirring to combine. Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple Barbecue Chicken in Simple & Delicious October/November 2014

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 244146
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"Delicious recipe! 5 lbs of drumsticks is a good amount. I steamed the drumsticks in my food steamer first, then boiled the sauce ingredients together.

- Theresa"

wunsagin User ID: 791731 225158
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"I used drumsticks and thighs and followed the sauce and cooking directions exactly.... wouldn't change a thing!"

cnymom User ID: 4478712 219105
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"I made this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breast instead of the drumsticks. It was an instant hit with our children and they have requested it again many, many times since this past Fall. easy, delicious recipe."

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