Crockpot Apple and Balsamic Chicken

Justin has a small obsession: apple cider. However, the apple cider powder packets weren’t cutting it for him. So, earlier last week, he bought quite a few apples, used his new slicer and dicer my sister gave him for Christmas, and mulled his own cider. Well, the sliced up and boiled apples were left over. So, the whole weekend I tried to figure out what I wanted to use it for. I knew I’d use some for pureed apples for Rhys. And, I also wanted some balsamic vinegar. Thus, I came up with apple balsamic chicken. It also helped that we now go to church from 1-4 and would want to eat pretty soon after church, so we used a crockpot! Perfect!

Crockpot Apple Balsamic Chicken

Serves: 2

2 chicken thighs, or 4 chicken tenders
1/2 cup sliced apples
3/4 cup chicken stock
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 packet apple cider
garlic powder
lemon pepper
1 cup brown rice

1) Mix the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider packet together.

2) Place the chicken and apples in the crockpot.

3) Sprinkle the garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, and lemon pepper on top.

4) Pour the mixture over it.

5) Cook on low for 2 hours.

6) After two hours,pull the chicken apart and stir.

7) Cook another 2 hours.

8) Cook some brown rice. It’ll take about 35-40 minutes.

9) Pour the chicken and apples over rice and enjoy!

If you aren’t feeling the rice, you can also pair this with mashed potatoes (the balsamic vinegar really makes it zing!), or a side salad (or on a salad).

Since Justin and I are the only ones in our family that eat real food (Rhys is still formula, rice cereal, and pureed baby food), I only cook for us two. But, this is an easily adjustable recipe.The apples don’t even have to be cooked ebfore hand. They were for us because that is how we came up withe the recipe.

Crockpot Apple Balsamic Chicken

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. It did! The chicken was almost to a tang with each bite!
    I honestly liked it better with the rice than the thought of it plain or with mashed potatoes…and the idea of brown rice seemed a better fit than white rice.

  2. I've never thought of putting cider with chicken. After looking at your recipe I can't believe I haven't put those ingredients together. Looking forward to trying it! Happy #NYNB :->

  3. Tayler, I've never tried a recipe quite like this but it sounds delicious! I'm sure it probably smells like heaven while it's cooking as well. Always looking for more things to do with a crockpot, so will have to try it out! #NYNB love

  4. This looks SO yummy!! I love a good crockpot recipe and I love that this is basically a meal in a pot (personally, I hate trying to come up with sides…so if I can make one dish that can serve as my meal, I'm a happy girl!).

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