Apple Thyme Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jan. 11, 2022
Apples and chicken may seem like an unusual combination, but they make a wonderful meal when grilled to perfection. The thyme chicken marinade gives a boost of flavor and tenderizes the meat nicely. —Peter Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas


  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup apple juice


  1. For marinade, in a bowl, mix first 5 ingredients. In another bowl, combine chicken and 3/4 cup marinade; refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. Reserve remaining marinade; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Toss apples in reserved marinade; remove apples with a slotted spoon. Stir honey into remaining apple marinade. Place apples on an oiled grill rack over medium heat; grill, uncovered, until tender, 4-6 minutes, turning and brushing frequently with honey mixture.
  3. Drain chicken, discarding chicken marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Grill, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 5-7 minutes per side; brush frequently with remaining honey mixture during the last 4 minutes.
  4. In a saucepan, mix sauce ingredients until smooth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes; stir in apples. Serve with chicken.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 310 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 fruit.