September 14, 2021| By

Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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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.

Keep it cozy with this White Wine Herb Roasted Chicken and Honey Za'atar Chicken with Chickpeas!

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

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rosemary apple cider chicken in a pan

Rosemary Apple Cider Chicken

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.
Serving: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 257kcal


  • 12-inch cast iron skillet


  • 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: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 564IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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    • I've not make it with chicken breasts before, but I don't think that the oven temp would need to be changed. Simply monitor cooking times and check for doneness. I hope that this helps, enjoy!

  1. 5 stars
    One of the best fall recipes I've made in a while! The chicken was tender, flavorful, and such a nice recipe to welcome the season. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I would have never thought to incorporate apple cider into a chicken recipe but this works so well! Everybody enjoyed and it was a nice way to tie in seasonal flavors in a different way.

  3. 5 stars
    One of my new favorites! I love that sauce so much -- definitely making this again next week! Thanks for a yummy recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe was just EVERYTHING! Definitely gave all the warm and cozy Fall vibes and is the perfect way to use up all the apples leftover from apple picking!! Thanks so much Britney!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the flavor combination of this apple cider chicken! I made it for my family and they enjoyed it! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    We love chicken thighs in my household so I was excited to come across a new way to prepare them. It definitely does not disappoint.

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