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Baked Chicken in Apple Cider

I was given this recipe by a friend over the phone.
I have made it several times for family dinners, and larger pot luck affairs.
It is always a popular dish with people asking for the recipe.
Here it is ....
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle of apple cider (more if you like lots of sauce for your rice)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup whipping cream (if you increased the apple cider, increase the whipping cream too)
1. Season pounded chicken breasts with salt and pepper and thyme
2. Sear chicken in frying pan (locks in juices) with the chopped onion
3. Place chicken and onions in baking dish and pour apple cider over top.
4. Bake in 350' oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is very tender.
5. Pour juices into a pot on stove top and thicken with cornstarch ( approx. 2 tbsp - or more depending on amout of liquid)
6. Add 1 cup cream , (or adjusted amount) and stir until smooth
7. Add 1 tbsp parsley
8. Pour back over the chicken and keep warm in oven until serving time.
9. Serve over rice.


  1. Yummy, this looks so good. I've never heard of Chicken in Cider before. I've tried Pork but Chicken looks delicious! :)

  2. Looks delicious Julie..I'm sure there are no leftovers with this dish.

  3. Looks great! How big is the bottle of apple cider, or how many cups?

  4. Ohh Elsie... its just the regular bottle of cider like you buy in the 6-pack (ttl 2 litres) in the grocery store.

  5. It starts out a bit like Chicken Normandy. You might like that dish as well. This is the recipe I use for it:
    (not my site or anything like that)

  6. Ignore my last comment if it is offensive...I seem to recall that Mennonites don't usually drink alcohol, but I don't know if you are able to use it in cooking (where the alcohol is generally baked out). So please forgive my ignorance on the topic.

  7. Sounds like a fun time in the kitchen, especially for the chicken in the flying pan. :)

  8. julie...i will be right over. mmmmm, yum

  9. Julie, do you mean the apple cider by the juice section? I still am not sure what size. One bottle of a six bottle pack? I'm trying to picture that. Is it like Okanogan Apple Cider?
    It sounds like it would make a tasty sauce.

  10. YES ! Lovella , it is like the Okanogan Apple Cider ( I think it is like 2% alcohol? - I use the dry... if 6 bottles is 2 litres then one bottle would be 1/2 cups per bottle.

  11. hmm.. I'm glad the apple cider kind of got cleared up.. I'm still smiling at the flying pan ... gentle Julie... I can't imagine.

  12. Ohhhh grrrrr... I'm slow today !!!! flying pan has landed!!!

  13. Ahemmmm...
    1 litre = 4.224 cups (according to Google). If six cider bottles equal two litres, then each bottle would contain 1.408 cups.

  14. could you use a small bottle of apple juice? From a six pack?

  15. Kathy, I don't think apple juice would be the same since it is sooo sweet . The apple cider isn't sweet at all -- if you are worried about the alcohol content it is all cooked out.

  16. Thanks Julie. I'm a 1st time commenter; but, I've been lurking for awhile.:) I'm in Florida and I'm going to look for that cider. I love this site!

  17. So glad I came late to the comments. I was wondering about the size of apple cider, too. I've got the perfect choice in my refrigerator right now from England :0)

  18. Apple cider chicken sounds good to me! I'm smiling at the debate...but won't wade in.

  19. I'm beginning to wonder what's happening to this blog's reputation.
    The recipe looks good...Just go for it...Cook it, and eat it and add 6 more bottles of cider....

  20. Julie, this looks scrumptious! I agree that the cider would have the best flavour. Kathy

  21. My question is about baking the chicken for 1 1/2 hours at 350. I think my oven must be hotter than most because I think my chicken would be way over-cooked if I left it in that long at 350. I would love to give this a try though.

  22. Can you make this dish without cream for those who are dairy sensitive?

  23. Can you make this recipe without the whipping cream for those who are dairy sensitive?

    1. I think you probably could ... you wouldn't have the gravy then though ... so how about just using what you usually use instead of dairy -- like unsweetened almond milk?


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