Apple Cider Chicken


Christmas season is here and I still have a few fall posts to add in before we start the Christmas baking. The week before Thanksgiving my mom and I took my niece and nephews to Oak Glen, our local apple orchards.

apple cider chicken oak glen

It was the perfect day. Usually the town is full of visitors, because we were there a few days before Thanksgiving it was very quiet. Our first stop was Snow-line  Apple Cider Mill. They serve these amazing cider doughnuts. Really, they were delicious little puffs of dough. They are mini so they don’t count right?

They had three different ciders to taste – Apple Cider, Cherry Apple Cider and Raspberry Apple Cider. They were all great  served ice-cold with a crisp apple flavor. They had 8 different varieties of apples to taste. It was fun picking out our favorites. Once you have had fresh cider, the products you find in your grocery store pale in comparison. I bought a large container of Apple Cider Vinegar.

apple cider chicken making cider

The next stop was Los Rios Orchard. I have been going here since I was a little girl. We got to watch them make cider on an old cider mill. They were fascinated and a bit grossed out.

apple cider chicken jugs

We had a picnic on the property. Earlier in the season you can pick your own apples but we settled for a bag of Pink Ladies to take home, along with a jug of fresh Apple Cider.

apple cider chicken fudge

In the town we visited the General Store where Village Candy had this amazing display of fudge. Chase convinced us to buy a box. It quickly disappeared when we put it out at Thanksgiving.

I was inspired to make this Apple Cider Chicken. It is a good choice for cool evenings. It is one I think the kids will like because it is a little sweet. You start sauteeing the chicken breasts in olive oil and butter.

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Next,add the onions, apples, brown sugar and fresh herbs. Saute for about 8 minutes or until they soften.

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The sauce thickens and the final touch is to add the applejack brandy, if desired. It adds a underlining richness to the sauce.

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Did you have the opportunity to pick apples this season? What is your favorite apple dessert. Check back later in the week for Caramel Apple Cider.



Apple Cider Chicken


By Cheri Published: December 5, 2012

  • Yield: 4 chicken breasts (4 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

Christmas season is here and I still have a few fall posts to add in before we start the Christmas baking. The week before …



  1. Core and thinly slice apples. Salt and pepper chicken breasts.
  2. Melt butter and olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Place chicken in pan and brown on each side. Remove from pan.
  3. Add onions, apples, thyme, sage and sprinkle with brown sugar. Saute for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Add flour and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Add cider and nestle chicken breasts in the pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat; simmer until cooked. Remove bay leaf and add applejack and stir.

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