Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples

Smaller Brussels sprouts tend to be sweeter than larger ones, so choose small to medium ones, if possible. Whichever size you get, look for sprouts with firm, compact heads and minimal blemishes or wilted leaves.

Roasting pan with Cider-Braised Chicken, Brussels Sprouts and Apples
Photo: Brie Passano
Cook Time:
32 mins
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
47 mins


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 lb. total)

  • 2 medium tart red apples, cored and cut into wedges

  • 1 12 ounce bottle hard cider

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 tablespoon whole grain mustard

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 12 ounce fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large (2 cups)


  1. In an extra-large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan, reserving drippings in skillet. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook 10 minutes or until browned, turning once; remove from skillet. Add apples to the skillet and cook 4 minutes or until browned on both sides; remove from skillet. Drain and discard drippings from skillet.

  2. Add next four ingredients (through salt) to skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add apples and cook, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is done (175°F).

  3. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

860 Calories
59g Fat
23g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 860
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 295mg 98%
Sodium 840mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 43.5mg 218%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Potassium 804mg 17%
Folate, total 35.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*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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