Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe
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Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe

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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: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 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.
    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

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chris_giles18 User ID: 2108383 238838
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

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

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 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 User ID: 8573846 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 User ID: 172187 234907
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Way too sweet."

AKY User ID: 348885 234217
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

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

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