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Autumn Apple Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours

Makes

4 servings

I'd just been apple picking and wanted to bake something new with the bounty. I decided on apple chicken by throwing them in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. The dish fills my whole house with the most delicious smell. —Caitlyn Hauser, Brookline, New Hampshire
Autumn Apple Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium Fuji or Gala apples, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken thighs on both sides; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with apples.
  2. Add onion to same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in barbecue sauce, apple cider and honey; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Pour over chicken and apples. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chicken mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup apple mixture: 333 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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