Applesauce Chicken

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applesauce chicken; easy 20 minute recipe for those busy weeknights

When my husband and I first moved in together, I asked him what his favorite staples were to have in the fridge. He told me a “lovely” story about how he and his buddies used to buy big jars of applesauce from Aldi. They’d get them ice-cold by placing them in the back of the fridge. A few days later, they would drink them like juice. Ummm, yuck? Or ummm, yum? I couldn’t decide. It was genius but so “frat-boy” in nature.

I decided to create something that would use the applesauce in an actual meal instead of a juice substitute. He loved it, I did too and I made it a few more times (once in the slow cooker) but I hadn’t made it again. Don’t remember why. Oh yeah, we had a wedding and then a kid.

A few weeks ago, I was reading a magazine and I saw a recipe similar to the applesauce chicken recipe I had created for my love! I was so happy to be reminded about that meal and immediately thought of the ingredients of my recipe. Its similar to the magazine version but you know me, it is definitely different.


applesauce chicken; easy 20 minute recipe for those busy weeknights

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs if you are adventurous)
One small onion, sliced thin
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons apple cider or white vinegar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of cinnamon (trust me…you need this)
pinch of red pepper flakes(optional)

Pour a bit of oil in a sauté pan and sauté the onion and garlic over medium-low heat.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the chicken and stir until it bubbles a bit. Add chicken pieces and cook on one side for 5 minutes and then turn over. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more or until the center is no longer pink but yummy, juicy and delicious….oh no, I’m drooling again.

Applesauce chicken is wonderful on top of rice or buttered noodles but I tend to just serve it with a great veggie and let the chicken stand out on its own.

Slow cooker instructions: Combine all of the ingredients into the slow cooker. Turn on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. I personally like applesauce chicken better from the slow cooker, but Hubby loves the slight browning of the chicken from the sautéed version. If you would like a little color on the chicken, you can sear it in a pan before you put it in the slow cooker.

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  1. 8.19.08
    MyShelly said:

    You are wonderful! I will have a variety of dishes and just blow my family away. lol

  2. 8.19.08
    Amiyrah said:

    lol thanks myshelly!

  3. 8.19.08

    Amiyrah, this sounds wonderful! I’m going to add it to the list—I love the simplicity and I have 2 jars of applesauce taking up valuable real estate in the pantry. Thank you for the heads up that you posted the recipe; I really appreciate it. My brain is a tiny bit frazzled, lately.

  4. 8.19.08
    Precious said:

    I have applesauce on the shelf also and will be trying this soon! Thanks Amiyrah! You always post mouth watering recipes!

  5. 8.20.08
    Amiyrah said:

    stephanie and precious,

    hope the recipe works out ok for your two! Yes, it is a great way to use up that applesauce, besides using it in baking something, like my lazy mom’s cookie cobbler :oP. That might be on the menu for next week since we also have a jar of applesauce taking up space (still).

  6. 9.1.08
    Jmo said:

    OK, Amiyrah, you get bummed with us lurkers and me in particular when I don’t comment enough about your more-than-yummy recipes (peachy chicken, anyone?). So here’s what me is thinkin’ this Monday mornin (09/01). Jmo just bought a new crockpot (3-4 person) on sale (of course) and me is goin’ brown the boneless/skinless chicken breasts first. Then me is choosing WHAT flavor of organic Santa Cruz applesauce to add to it. (Would you expect anything less from this grocery hound mama?)
    You’re off doin’ military for six days, so me has plenty of time to get back to you with feedback. So at this moment, all my message can say is: YOU ROCK SONNY BOY, YOU ROCK!(That’s the message from his auntie, and since he doesn’t have his own little blog, you’ve forced Jmo to post on his mommy’s. See ya back on the Pound, hound-pal!

  7. 11.24.08
    Sharla said:

    Wow, this looks really yummy! I’ve always had applesauce on hand with baby after baby but this would be a great way to feed the whole family!

  8. 8.18.09
    Michelle said:


  9. 12.8.09
    Anonymous said:

    Wow looks yummy yummy! for this recipes..I gonna make it tonite.

  10. 12.7.10
    Alivia said:

    Thanks so much for the idea! I really enjoyed eating this, as did my husband!

  11. 1.12.11
    Meichelle said:

    cooking this tonight!