Apple Barbecue Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
My husband and I had just moved to Dallas when I first made this recipe. Everything was new—new city, new home—but this dish felt familiar and comforting. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
Apple Barbecue Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  1. Sprinkle drumsticks with pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Brown drumsticks in batches; drain. Remove from pan.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to pan, stirring to combine. Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until chicken is tender.

Nutrition Facts

2 chicken drumsticks with 1/2 cup sauce: 501 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 949mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.