Chicken With Cider


Chicken with cider is a simple fall dinner that cooks up quickly. This is a wonderful recipe for those who want to get into using their slow cooker. Think of all the foods you can eat with cider that you can’t drink…such as chicken. In this post I will show you a great dish to serve your friends and family on those evenings when there is nothing else to eat.

Chicken in cider

A warming meal of juicy chicken thighs fried with bacon, apples and cider. Try it with mashed

Preparation time

less than 30 mins

Cooking time

10 to 30 mins


Serves 2-3


  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cut into postage stamp sized pieces
  • 2 Discovery apples or similar, cored and sliced into wedges
  • 300ml/10½fl oz dry cider
  • salt
  • mashed potato, to serve


  1. Place the butter in a heavy-based, lidded casserole over a medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced onion and allow to soften for one minute.
  3. Place the chicken thighs, skin-side down, into the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin begins to brown.
  4. Add the sliced bacon, turn the thighs over, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or until the bacon begins to colour.
  5. Add the apples and allow to soften for one minute.
  6. Pour in the cider and season with a pinch of salt. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear.
  7. Serve immediately, taking the pot to the table and allowing people to help themselves.

Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken



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A warm and cozy chicken recipe that’ll make you fall in love at first bite! Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken is seared stovetop, roasted in the oven with apples and red onions. Top that with an apple cider sauce that uses the jus with fresh garlic, rosemary, and a little dijon mustard. It’s divine.

Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken in a pan surrounded by apples

Sometimes combining random ingredients makes the most delicious meals. I mean seriously, apple cider and rosemary? Sounds crazy at first. Then you make it, take your first bite, and you’re like “Whoa! This is darn good!”. Well, at least that was my and my husband’s reaction when we sat down to try this during one of my recipe testing days.

Certain days, you win some. Other days you, not so much. However, this rosemary apple cider chicken was most definitely a success.

chicken in a calphalon pan on a cooling rack

we went apple picking last weekend!

If you’re wondering where the inspiration came from for this recipe, I’ll be the first one to tell you. We went apple picking last weekend and to say that I have an enormous amount of apples in my house is an understatement.

I’ve been using the apples for sweet dishes, savory dishes, I mean you name it. Also, stay tuned for more apple recipes. Lol But I was playing around with herbs and apples and how I could incorporate both into a savory dish and got this beauty of a recipe. It’s so perfect and I’m so proud of how it came out.

a photo of the apple cider rosemary sauce that goes with the chicken

how to make rosemary apple cider chicken

You’ll need some pretty basic, but seasonal ingredients. Bone-in chicken thighs, fresh rosemary and thyme, apple cider, and honeycrisp apples just to name a few.

To get the cooking process started, simply season the chicken with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Of course, salt and pepper too. Sear that up in a hot Calphalon Premier Nonstick Skillet and then add chopped apples and red onions and additional fresh rosemary. Roast everything together in the oven for about 20 minutes and then remove the chicken and apples from the skillet.

Use the jus that’s in the pan and add apple cider, butter, dijon mustard, diced garlic cloves, chicken broth or white wine, and cook all of those together for about 5-8 minutes, until sauce thickens. Pour the sauce over the chicken and you’re done!

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what can i serve with this rosemary apple cider chicken?

I would serve this dish with roasted or mashed potatoes. For inspiration, check out this recipe for Brown Butter Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes that would be a great pairing with this Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken.

You can also serve this dish with rice or a side salad. I think that sweet potatoes would be amazing as well!

Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken in a calphalon pan


A warm and cozy chicken recipe that’ll make you fall in love at first bite! Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken is seared stovetop, roasted in the oven with apples and red onions. Top that with an apple cider sauce that uses the jus with fresh garlic, rosemary, and a little dijon mustard. It’s divine.






  • ▢4-5 Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  • ▢2 tsp Onion Powder
  • ▢2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ▢1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ▢1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • ▢2 tbsps Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • ▢Salt and Pepper
  • ▢1 Red Onion, sliced
  • ▢1-2 Honeycrisp Apples, sliced
  • ▢4 tbsps Salted Butter
  • ▢¾ cup Apple Cider
  • ▢½ cup Chicken Broth or White Wine
  • ▢2 tbsps Dijon Mustard
  • ▢3 cloves Garlic, diced finely
  • ▢Additional 2-3 Rosemary Sprigs
  • ▢Olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, fresh thyme and rosemary, and salt and pepper. Mix together in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Allow pan to get hot and add chicken. Sear on both sides until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat and add sliced red onions and apples to the pan. Garnish with a little rosemary. Add to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove chicken and apples from the pan and set aside. Add butter, apple cider, chicken broth or white wine, dijon mustard, and diced garlic cloves to the pan. Mix together and add to the stove over medium low heat. Cook until sauce begins to thicken, whisking together periodically. Remove from heat. Add chicken and apples back to the pan and spoon sauce over chicken.


Calories: 245kcal

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