Applesauce Barbecue Chicken Recipe
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Applesauce Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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You only need a few ingredients to create this sweet and peppery chicken. The subtle flavor of apple makes this tender barbecue dish stand out from the rest. —Darla Andrews, Farmers Branch, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup chunky applesauce
  • 2/3 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup sauce equals 308 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 473 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 35 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover and cook 7-10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken; transfer to a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes or until heated through, stirring once.
    Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Applesauce Barbecue Chicken in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p22

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"For as simple as it is, it packs a lot of flavor. I will be making this over and over again for my man."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"If using homemade applesauce omit the brown sugar (if desired) as it already has the sugar in it. Try with pork chops or pork tenderloin. Bake in oven at 350 if desired for a change."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Very tasty. Had this with a Caesar salad!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015

"Made this for dinner last night. VERY easy & uncomplicated which is what I need lol! I made it with skinless thighs & it was wonderful. Whole family loved the sauce. Immediately added to my rotation folder."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. I love it because it comes together quickly and that you can change it up depending on your family. I typically use a barbeque sauce with a little more spice to it and I stead of chunky applesauce, I use whatever I have in the house. Either way, it's turned out well every time I've made it and both kids and adults have enjoyed it. Definitely in my rotation."

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