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Apple Chicken Stew

My husband and I enjoy visiting the apple orchards in nearby Nebraska City. We always make sure to buy extra cider to use in this sensational slow-cooked stew. —Carol Mathias, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • Minced fresh parsley


  • Mix first 4 ingredients. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer vegetables; sprinkle with half the salt mixture.
  • Toss chicken with oil and remaining salt mixture. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken in batches. Add to slow cooker. Top with bay leaf and apple. Add vinegar and cider.
  • Cook, covered, on high 3 to 3-1/2 hours, until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 284 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Patty
    Jan 26, 2021

    I made Apple Chicken Stew this past weekend. I did alter the recipe some. I diced a green pepper and minced two garlic cloves. I also put chicken stock in the stew to add more liquid and to tone down the sweetness. I used Honey crisp Apple cider.

  • NoodleNel
    Nov 13, 2020

    Really enjoyed this recipe. I added poultry seasoning to it and added quite a lot more apple cider . I didn't have caraway seeds.

  • JCV4
    Sep 23, 2020

    This was a nice recipe. It is not a soup, it is a stew, which is thicker. The caraway seeds add a nice flavor as does the bay leaf.

  • JMartinelli13
    Oct 9, 2017

    Didn't peel the apples. Used parsley instead of caraway. Filling, but not heavy.

  • DianeC23
    Sep 26, 2017

    The apple juice makes the chicken very tender, but it gives too much sweetness to the dish overall. And with so little juice, there's almost no broth. It's more like chicken and vegetables cooked in juice than a stew. I think it should have been mixed with broth before cooking. While the chicken was good, I won't make this again -- it's too sweet.

  • sgronholz
    Sep 27, 2013

    My family loves this tasty stew! I always add additional cider or apple juice so it's consistency is more like a soup.

  • voodoo879
    Feb 19, 2012

    If you can peel and cube potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, 2 lbs.of chicken and an apple in 10 mins. You are far better than me. That is the supposed prep. time. The recipe was fairly good but was a lot of work before you get it into the slow cooker.

  • bjsilve0
    Oct 28, 2011

    The caraway gives it just the right touch.

  • ronal93
    Jul 21, 2011

    This recipe was a lot of work and end result was only fair.

  • hillarybrynn
    Jan 24, 2011

    This was very hearty and flavorful! My husband hates vinegar and he loved the bite and slight tartness of the stew. Definitely try this stew out!