Apple Balsamic Chicken
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
- 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Place chicken in a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the broth, cider, vinegar, lemon juice and seasonings; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken.
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Nutrition Facts1 chicken thigh with 1/3 cup sauce: 277 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.
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Jan 24, 2019
"Very similar to Sauerbraten," my German husband tells me. I liked it - convenient small meal cooked up nicely in my little mini 2 qt crockpot. I chose pasta for the side - elbows to grasp up sauce that's not sweet, but not quite tart either.
May 25, 2018
Very simple and tasty; I usually have all ingredients on hand. To a 4 qt. slow cooker I added baby carrots and 3 medium cut up potatoes and 8 chicken thighs. I did not have enough balsamic vinegar so I used 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup apple juice in my double recipe. I also did not have enough thyme, so I substituted the remainder with basil. It was done by 4 1/2 hours which was good because at that point our power went out. I was therefore unable to thicken the liquid. But I really don't think it needed it.
Feb 13, 2017
Really flavorful and very simple! I used a maple-infused balsamic vinegar which added a touch of sweetness. If I only had regular balsamic vinegar, I think I would use more apple juice or maybe a touch of honey. I didn't have thyme so I used rosemary and it tasted great. I also cooked this on the stove top and it translated nicely--turned into a 30-minute meal. The next time I make it, I'll use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Jul 14, 2015
Overall, this dish had a lot of flavor and was really good. The chicken was very tender but I was expecting a slightly sweeter sauce. Might add more apple juice next time. Also, I added some carrots, onions and chopped beets to the slow cooker and they were great also!
Jun 26, 2015
did not like this one as much as I do other recipes.
May 28, 2015
This was good! There is enough sauce to have rice, couscous, or pasta on the side.
Mar 23, 2015
I made this tonight and it was just so so. I used chicken breasts (boneless) and cooked it in the oven. I don't know if that would make that much difference, but I won't be making this again.
Mar 16, 2015
Did not get sweet flavor at all, only strong vinegar flavor. Will try again with less vinegar and more apple.
Feb 27, 2015
This was a hit for my wife and kids. I didn't have apple juice so I substituted in one cored apple, skin on, cubed it up and cooked it with the chicken. I also used 6 fresh garlic cloves crushed instead of garlic powder. I used 8 boneless, skinless thighs and it was enough for four people with seconds. I served this with no-yolk egg noodles which soaked up the gravy/sauce and steamed broccoli.
Oct 19, 2014
I really liked this but my husband thought it was so-so. Which is odd, because he usually likes the vinegar based flavors and I don't, but in this case, I liked it better. Used bone in thighs and drums. I may make this again.