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Apple Chicken Stew Recipe

"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: 35 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD: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 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Layer vegetables in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Mix seasonings; sprinkle half of the mixture over top.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute chicken until browned; stir in remaining seasonings. Add to slow cooker. Top with bay leaf and apple. Add vinegar and cider.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on high until vegetables are tender, 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 284 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.

Reviews for Apple Chicken Stew

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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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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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