Apple Chicken Stew Recipe

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"My husband and I enjoy visiting the apple orchards in nearby Nebraska City," explains Carol Mathias of Lincoln, Nebraska. "We always buy cider to use in this sensational slow-cooked stew."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Minced fresh parsley


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery. Combine the salt, thyme, pepper and caraway; sprinkle half over vegetables.
  2. In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil until browned; transfer to slow cooker. Top with apple. Combine apple cider and vinegar; pour over chicken and apple. Sprinkle with remaining salt mixture. Top with bay leaf.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Apple Chicken Stew in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 57053
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"My family loves this tasty stew! I always add additional cider or apple juice so it's consistency is more like a soup."

voodoo879 User ID: 6538375 32809
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"If you can peel and cube potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, 2 lbs.of chicken and an apple in 10 mins. You are far better than me. That is the supposed prep. time. The recipe was fairly good but was a lot of work before you get it into the slow cooker."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 129143
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"The caraway gives it just the right touch."

ronal93 User ID: 3891464 112670
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"This recipe was a lot of work and end result was only fair."

hillarybrynn User ID: 2782727 98020
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This was very hearty and flavorful! My husband hates vinegar and he loved the bite and slight tartness of the stew. Definitely try this stew out!"

Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 92491
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I thought this was awful. It did smell fantastic while simmering though."

ValMo45 User ID: 5309971 112661
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Fabulous flavor! Planning to try it with beef next time, just to change it up. Not sure how others fared with broth, but I basically had none at the end of 4 hours cooking on high, and my potatoes were mush. Perhaps it's my crockpot, but will add either more cider or some broth next time!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 81547
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I cut this down and made it for two."

lolaavery User ID: 3169919 32804
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"My husband and I tried it and we both loved it. Nice change of flavor."

butterfly7jm User ID: 3356525 57049
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My family LOVES this stew. I've made it several times. I love the light apple flavor that comes through amidst all the spice. Truly DELICIOUS!"

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