Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe
Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe

Read Reviews
3 5 5
Publisher Photo
I'd just been apple picking and wanted to bake something new with the bounty. Slow-cooking chicken with apples and barbecue sauce filled my whole house with the most delicious smell. We couldn't wait to eat. —Caitlyn Hauser, Brookline, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium Fuji or Gala apples, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup apple mixture: 333 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean meat, 0 fruit.


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken thighs on both sides; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with apples.
  2. Add onion to same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in barbecue sauce, apple cider and honey; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Pour over chicken and apples. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Freeze option: Freeze cooled chicken mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Autumn Apple Chicken in Simple & Delicious October/November 2015

Reviews for Autumn Apple Chicken

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
chris_giles18 238838
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Made as directed. It was edible, but not something I will be making again."

DianeC23 237975
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"The chicken was really tender, and smelled delicious. I think I will thicken the sauce next time and serve it over the chicken. As long as you use crisp apples (Gala or Fuji), it shouldn't be a problem."

roddsund 235018
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"chicken was very tender. I replaced the cider with chicken broth and doubled it. I also added the apples after two hours."

bjsilve0 234907
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Way too sweet."

AKY 234217
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"Recipe was very good, however the apples once cooked did not taste good at all. Any suggestions?"

Loading Image