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Applesauce Barbecue Chicken

You only need a few ingredients to create this sweet and peppery chicken. The subtle flavor of apple makes this tender barbecue dish stand out from the rest. —Darla Andrews, Farmers Branch, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup chunky applesauce
  • 2/3 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • Sprinkle chicken with pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover and cook until a thermometer reads 165°, 7-10 minutes.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken; transfer to a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover and microwave on high until heated through, 8-10 minutes, stirring once.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half: 308 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • Marta
    May 22, 2020

    How you make those potatoes in the photo?????

  • Hinky
    Apr 8, 2020

    Easy peasy. Really good. I dislike chicken breasts because they’re usually very dry. These were perfect. My husband enjoys sweet sauces, so he liked this too. Followed recipe exactly but added a fresh squeeze of lemon before serving to brighten up!

  • ahmom
    Feb 9, 2018

    Very tasty!

  • six9sixty3
    Oct 3, 2017

    My family loved this. The only adjustments I made was to use fresh homemade chunky applesauce and homemade barbecue sauce. I'm a diabetic, so the carbs and sodium where way too high, to use all that pre-package stuff. Excellent recipe!

  • LeslieH
    Feb 20, 2017

    Awesome flavour! A definite make again.

  • sd20
    Aug 7, 2016

    Followed the recipe except After browning the chicken on the stove I put all in crockpot for about 4 hours on low. Tender and good!

  • pajamaangel
    Mar 1, 2016

    For as simple as it is, it packs a lot of flavor. I will be making this over and over again for my man.

  • JoanieK53
    Feb 4, 2016

    If using homemade applesauce omit the brown sugar (if desired) as it already has the sugar in it. Try with pork chops or pork tenderloin. Bake in oven at 350 if desired for a change.

  • swinny
    Dec 29, 2015

    Very tasty. Had this with a Caesar salad!!!

  • Srjr111
    Jul 31, 2015

    Made this for dinner last night. VERY easy & uncomplicated which is what I need lol! I made it with skinless thighs & it was wonderful. Whole family loved the sauce. Immediately added to my rotation folder.