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Apple Chicken Stew Recipe

Apple Chicken Stew Recipe

My husband and I enjoy visiting the apple orchards in nearby Nebraska City. We always make sure to buy extra cider to use in this sensational slow-cooked stew. —Carol Mathias, Lincoln, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Mix first four ingredients. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer vegetables; sprinkle with half of the salt mixture.
  • 2. Toss chicken with oil and remaining salt mixture. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken in batches. Add to slow cooker. Top with bay leaf and apple. Add vinegar and cider.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on high until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 284 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 57053
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"My family loves this tasty stew! I always add additional cider or apple juice so it's consistency is more like a soup."

voodoo879 User ID: 6538375 32809
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"If you can peel and cube potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, 2 lbs.of chicken and an apple in 10 mins. You are far better than me. That is the supposed prep. time. The recipe was fairly good but was a lot of work before you get it into the slow cooker."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 129143
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"The caraway gives it just the right touch."

ronal93 User ID: 3891464 112670
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"This recipe was a lot of work and end result was only fair."

hillarybrynn User ID: 2782727 98020
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This was very hearty and flavorful! My husband hates vinegar and he loved the bite and slight tartness of the stew. Definitely try this stew out!"

Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 92491
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I thought this was awful. It did smell fantastic while simmering though."

ValMo45 User ID: 5309971 112661
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Fabulous flavor! Planning to try it with beef next time, just to change it up. Not sure how others fared with broth, but I basically had none at the end of 4 hours cooking on high, and my potatoes were mush. Perhaps it's my crockpot, but will add either more cider or some broth next time!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 81547
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I cut this down and made it for two."

lolaavery User ID: 3169919 32804
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"My husband and I tried it and we both loved it. Nice change of flavor."

butterfly7jm User ID: 3356525 57049
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My family LOVES this stew. I've made it several times. I love the light apple flavor that comes through amidst all the spice. Truly DELICIOUS!"

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