Apple Cider Chicken


Soak cinnamon-coated apples in cider and a splash of brandy then top on tender chicken for the perfect comforting fall dinner.

Apple Cider Chicken
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3 red or green cooking apples, cored, each cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 2.5-3 pound broiler-fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup apple cider

  • ¼ cup apple brandy

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup nonfat dairy sour cream


  1. In a large skillet, heat half of the oil and half of the butter over medium heat until bubbly. Add apples; sauté for 5 to 8 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a platter; set aside.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add remaining oil and butter to skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add half of chicken to skillet; cook about 5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer chicken to platter with apples. Repeat with remaining chicken. Wipe out skillet. Return all chicken to skillet.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together cider, brandy, and cinnamon; add to skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes, turning chicken halfway through cooking. Add apples to skillet; cover and cook about 20 minutes or until apples are tender and chicken is no longer pink (170°F in breasts, 180°F in thighs and drumsticks). Transfer chicken and apples to a serving platter; keep warm.

  4. Bring liquid in skillet to a boil. Boil gently until it barely coats bottom of skillet. Remove from heat; whisk in sour cream until well blended. Return chicken and apples to skillet. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
17g Fat
20g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 455mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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