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
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 each: 308 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g 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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sd20 User ID: 5560294 252330
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

"Followed the recipe except After browning the chicken on the stove I put all in crockpot for about 4 hours on low. Tender and good!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 244766
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."

JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 243218
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."

swinny User ID: 1858482 240555
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

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

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 230458
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."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 227995
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."

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 224619
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"Absolutely delicious!!! So easy to make!"

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 220076
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Really good and so easy. Will definitely make this one again."

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 219426
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Very good, just to sweet.I'll leave out the sugar next time."

SpeedyGonzales User ID: 5834713 97412
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"This is wonderful, I made it for my Son's friends birthday and everyone just raved about it. The recipe is so easy to make and it looks and tastes like you spent all day on it. I used a smoky BBQ sauce and it was good but I think I will try a different one next time. I used chicken thighs because I was having so many people over and it was more economical, it was still really good. Thank you for submitting this recipe it is a keeper."

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