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Applesauce Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Applesauce Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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 7-10 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°.
    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 for 8-10 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 308 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 261596
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"Awesome flavour! A definite make again."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 252330
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1603339 244766
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8355717 243218
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1858482 240555
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

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

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 230458
Reviewed 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."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 227995
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. I love it because it comes together quickly and that you can change it up depending on your family. I typically use a barbeque sauce with a little more spice to it and I stead of chunky applesauce, I use whatever I have in the house. Either way, it's turned out well every time I've made it and both kids and adults have enjoyed it. Definitely in my rotation."

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 224619
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"Absolutely delicious!!! So easy to make!"

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 220076
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Really good and so easy. Will definitely make this one again."

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 219426
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Very good, just to sweet.I'll leave out the sugar next time."

SpeedyGonzales User ID: 5834713 97412
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"This is wonderful, I made it for my Son's friends birthday and everyone just raved about it. The recipe is so easy to make and it looks and tastes like you spent all day on it. I used a smoky BBQ sauce and it was good but I think I will try a different one next time. I used chicken thighs because I was having so many people over and it was more economical, it was still really good. Thank you for submitting this recipe it is a keeper."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 94832
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"We did this in oven like others reviewed, and it turned out great! quick and super easy! Love this recipe!!"

RCSteve User ID: 7803183 160284
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"The sauce had a nice taste, the kids enjoyed it."

Dobney09 User ID: 7928249 110377
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"It has a wonderful taste, my husband and son loved it!"

cathydec User ID: 1731031 182090
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"easy to do taste great together will make it again"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 163599
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"quick and easy dinner! The applesauce compliments the bbq sauce and goes well with a potato side dish."

msu4two User ID: 3762709 182087
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"I made this last night, and we really enjoyed this recipe! I used no-sugar applesauce (the non-chunky kind), and Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce. We don't like things very spicy, so I only added 1/4 tsp chili powder. I also browned it on the stove, and baked it in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, as some other reviewers did. I shredded the remaining chicken breasts last night in the sauce, and am making pulled bbq chicken sandwiches tonight. I'll be making this again!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 110245
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"A little too tangy for my taste."

amberjcarothers User ID: 4822390 94831
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"I made this for the first time tonight , I didn't have chunky applesauce but it still turned out good using regular applesauce.

I think I will try to make it again sometime when I have the right kind of applesauce."

daduk User ID: 1648289 110213
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Oh my! This dish was absolutely full of flavor. I had four very large chicken breasts so I baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 50 mins. I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce. The taste was awesome and the chicken came out so moist, you could cut it with a fork. A Keeper...."

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 182085
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"This chicken was awesome. Made it tonite along with the garlic parmesan orzo and the broccoli side dish recipie (also from this website). I also didn't have chunky applesauce so I took the advice of another and cut up a small apple and mixed in with regular applesaue. I browned the chicken on the stove but instead of finishing to cook it on the stove I decided to put it in a 350 degree oven and baked it the rest of the time which was about 20 mins. It really absorbed the flavors of the sauce. The six of us in my family really liked the flavor."

Marymakin User ID: 7094389 94806
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"This was a winner! Great fast weeknight dinner. Shared recipe with my mom. She can't wait to try it."

ryankaren User ID: 7073693 94805
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"great recipe me and the wife loved it"

libraryfan31 User ID: 6926361 110111
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I was looking for a fast, easy recipe that I had all the ingredients for. This chicken turned out juicy and delicious!"

stephjooones User ID: 6146558 176882
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"So good and so easy! I made it for my boyfriend and now he has the illusion that I can cook."

poptartsrock User ID: 5601051 178611
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I used chicken thighs and cooked these in a crock pot for 7 hours on low then shredded. Amazing"

s_pants User ID: 174050 94801
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Yummy! I used regular applesauce and cut up a medium sized gala apple with the sauce. I only used about 2/3-3/4 teaspoon of chili powder because I was afraid it might be too spicy for my 2 and 5 year old. But it didn't seem spicy at all to me. I definitely make again!"

AndiMurphy User ID: 1679639 142897
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"quick and easy! I've used it with both chicken breast and pork chops in the oven and on the stove top. I'm thinking about using it in a slow cooker next. It is a wonderfully tasty sauce!"

Tingzen User ID: 540560 163598
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"My husband requests this all the time! We did find that there is no need for the brown sugar though. We use Mott's chunky applesauce and Kraft Thick and Spicy BBQ sauce, those are plenty sweet enough!"

nikkioc123 User ID: 6016687 165443
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This recipe was delicious and soo easy to make. I couldn't find chunky applesauce, so I used regular applesauce & diced up some fresh gala apples which was delicious! Definitely a recipe to make when you're trying to impress or pressed for time! :) Definitely a keeper!"

annie1020 User ID: 5011247 94790
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"A) This was so easy and fast to make. B) After trying the sauce my husband said "We can have it on pork and beef and turkey and venison..." It was a hit, will definitely be making again."

mamacheryl User ID: 3286376 177810
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"I was wrong...I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce!"

mamacheryl User ID: 3286376 94788
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"The sauce on this is delicious. I have used it with chicken tenders and boneless pork chops. I used Sticky Fingers spicy & sweet bbq sauce."

gamber User ID: 1055968 142896
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"This was amazing. I made it just as written and it was terrific. I paired it with the New Potatoes with Dill. Great meal. Everyone loved it."

jwfy User ID: 4335749 177732
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"I made as described but with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and a regular barbecue sauce. My wife thought it was too spicy, It was about right for me. Overall a very nice flavor."

barbaraelliott User ID: 1038476 176879
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"very fast---very tasty. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs (preference), did not use brown sugar and still sweet enough, did not use chili powder. Very good, can't wait to try it with pork. Probably will try in crock pot if I make a larger quantity. Very tasty!!"

lindssimon User ID: 883840 210410
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"This would be great in the crockpot!"

mommaof32012 User ID: 6004441 160283
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"I can only get my husband to eat chicken this way...SUPER good!"

MaryLeigh User ID: 6016728 110006
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"We love this recipe! So quick and easy! Last time we made it we shredded the chicken for and made sandwiches out of it! Highly recommended!"

jamiefish User ID: 2598224 177662
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"I actually did mine in the oven, as I didn't feel like standing over the stove to brown the meat; it turned out super, no leftovers of this dish!!"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 103812
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I'll be fixing this recipe soon but only have regular barbecue sauce. What spice can I add to make it spicy? Thanks."

mfrances User ID: 4363889 142895
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"We decided to have pork chops instead of chicken today but were pleased. We would make it again with the chicken. We served with sweet potato & roasted asparagus (topped with toasted sesame seeds). Yum!!"

lisakcoan User ID: 5807672 210409
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Made this for my family (and my very picky son) and it was a true hit! The flavor is very good and it kept the chicken very moist. I can see this sauce being used on pork chops, ribs, drumsticks, etc. and it being a 'go-to' sauce because of its ease to make. Great recipe! I also like that it is low in sodium per serving. Big hit!!"

devonmariec User ID: 3679077 94777
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"delicious good on pork chops too!!!! Super easy way to spice up dinner"

hannahluce User ID: 4630250 177730
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"so tasty! Perfect!"

dbalsman User ID: 4705541 165442
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"Made this for a dinner party after a intimate small wedding and it was perfect, easy, great flavor,new favorite recipe!"

missgangloff User ID: 4081909 160282
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"We have made this several times and my three picky kids eat it everytime! Will be making this for a staff luncheon to share the deliciousness :)"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 142894
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"Applesauce barbecue chicken is delicious and definitely a keeper. My family loves it and we make it any time we have all the ingredients."

annac67 User ID: 3920535 165441
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"healthy, quick, and tasty! teenager approved. Can't wait to try it with grilled chicken this summer."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 177659
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"I think this would be even better with some apple slices or some diced up apple."

barretsmommy User ID: 805374 97411
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"This was good and easy to make. I substituted my own barbecue sauce recipe in place of the spicy barbecue sauce since I have a 2 year old. I also doubled the amount of applesauce, barbecue sauce, and brown sugar. My very picky 2 year old loved it! He ate every last bite!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 110375
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"this is so good & easy! My husband prepared it for me one

day when he was out of work KB"

plangmaack User ID: 2560195 178609
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"I didn't have chunky applesauce for this recipe so I added chunks of a Granny Smith apple as well as a left over carmelized onion. My teenage son's loved this recipe! It was very quick and easy to make too!


briandean User ID: 2914082 118469
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"This is so good, and so easy. I don't handle spicy too well so I got a spicy honey bbq sauce. It wasn't too spicy at all. I've made this more than once."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 178608
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"We had this dish for dinner couple nights ago. It was very very good. We "toned down" the chili powder. Will certainly make again."

sarahhart User ID: 4211060 160280
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"Made even better leftovers! Great recipe."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 176876
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"Delicious!! Wouldn't change a thing!"

legger5 User ID: 3838794 109919
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"my family loved this chicken-my husband wants to make the sauce with pork ribs on the grill this weekend."

kay52178 User ID: 1593546 165438
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"I used drumsticks and baked it in the oven with the sauce. It was EXCELLENT, we loved it."

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