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Braised Apple Cider Chicken Dinner

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon (paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Braised Apple Cider Chicken is made into a complete meal with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon. It’s the perfect one pan fall dinner recipe! Packed with vegetables and hearty autumn flavor, this dish will be the hit of any dinner, weekday or weeknight! Made in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic!

Braised apple cider chickenBraised Apple Cider Chicken with Bacon and Brussels

The salty bacon, sweet apple cider sauce, brussels sprouts, and perfectly cooked fall off the bone chicken is the ultimate flavor combination for when you are craving something comforting! I love this Braised Apple Cider Chicken for an easy weeknight meal that everyone will love. It’s dairy-free, grain-free, and low-carb, made with only a few simple ingredients and made into a compete one pan dinner.

Ingredients Needed

  • Bone-in Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks
  • Fresh Apple Cider
  • Bacon
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Maple Syrup

One Pot Apple Cider Chicken

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic for today’s awesome dish. SVO is a locally minded company that prides itself in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. Their Farmer Focus line allows you to actually see what farms your chicken is coming from, since each package you pick up at the store has a Farm ID for easy navigation on their website!

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Braised Apple Cider Chicken Dinner


Yield 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 5 pieces nitrate-free bacon
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken drumsticks and or chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup leeks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1 bundle fresh thyme
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate lined with a papertowel. Pour out all but 2 teaspoons bacon fat.
  2. Heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  3. Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear chicken until brown on both sides in the dutch oven. This should take about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside on a plate.
  6. Add the leeks, garlic, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and cinnamon. Stir well, making sure to scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of th pan. Cook until leeks are translucent.
  7. Add in the brussels sprouts and stir until combined. dijon mustard and thyme. Stir well.
  8. Pour in the apple cider and mix until everything is well combined. Make sure all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan have been scraped up. Cover and bring the sauce to a boil. Lower the heat, and add back in the chicken. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  9. Take the chicken, brussels sprouts, and thyme sprigs out of the pan. Set the thyme aside, and place the chicken and brussels sprouts on the desired serving dish.
  10. Add maple syrup to the sauce and bring to a high simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk frequently until the sauce has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, this should take around 5-8 minutes. Taste and adjust mustard, sea salt, and black pepper based on desired taste.
  11. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with bacon and thyme and serve warm!

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Find SVO in a store near you by plugging your zip code into their store locator here. This post is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think youโ€™ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

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September 18, 2017

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35 responses to “Braised Apple Cider Chicken Dinner”

  1. oh I’ve tried their chicken once and loved it! totally makings with bacon!

  2. Angie says:

    Looks amazing! I will be making this very soon. Do you think it could also be made in the crockpot of the bacon is cooked first?

  3. gerry speirs says:

    Total yummy comfort food!!

  4. This looks so cozy for Fall! And I just picked up my first gallon of fresh apple cider, so I’m ready to make this!

  5. Erin says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

  6. Maria says:

    Brussels sprouts for the win!

  7. Loving all of the flavors of this easy one-pot meal! And everyone knows that bacon makes everything better ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Heather Christo says:

    Oh Lexi- this looks outstanding! my family would love this dish and I love that it is one-pot!

  9. julia says:

    Just reading this tempts me to run to the store for chicken!!! Amazing recipe + a lot of greens!

  10. Paula says:

    Can’t wait to make this! Any suggestions on a veggie replacement for brussels sprouts though?

  11. Brittany says:

    I made this over the weekend and let me just say YUMMM! I used a mix of apple juice and apple cider vinegar because I spaced and forgot to buy apple cider. The sauce is seriously addictive! Amazing, Lexi!

  12. Katie says:

    Yum! This sounds so amazing. Do you think hard apple cider would work for this too?

  13. Karen says:

    Sorry Lexi, this did not work for me flavor-wise. The chicken was delicious, but the brussel sprouts ended up with some weird flavor.

  14. Emily Hansen says:

    What an amazing dish, Lexi!

    It’s now one of my favorite fall recipes. I love the outburst of flavors and the fact that it can be cooked in one pot is a great advantage, especially for busy moms like me. Well, I’ve also tried using waffle iron to cook bacon since my kids asked for extra bacon garnish. You can tell that they love it because they keep coming back for more!

  15. Sebastian says:

    Looks delicious! Would it be freezer friendly?

  16. Teresa says:

    This sounds amazing! Do you think it would work to substitute shallots or green onions for the leeks?

  17. Joanna says:

    My husband and I made this last night and it was a hit! Great recipe thank you! He’s already asked me when we can make this recipe again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Vanessa says:

    Lexi this sounds delicious do you think I can use breast ?

  19. Kathleen says:

    This is my new go-to Fall dinner! I made a tweak to the recipe as I like my veggies and chicken crispy – while the sauce was reducing down I transferred the veggies and chicken to a sheet pan and broiled for 7 minutes. I also added a diced sweet potato to make this all in one and really for my husband who “needs” a carb… and I doubled the mustard at the end but honestly this was AWESOME!

  20. Jennyquack says:

    This is outstanding! I made this a couple of weeks ago and it is truly something you could make for company. But we are so fancy in my house (not) …my daughter gobbled this up. Even the sprouts: WIN!

  21. heather says:

    this looks amazing! do you think you could make it in an instant pot?

  22. Kathryn says:

    Any substitute for maple syrup to make it whole 30 compliant?

  23. KatS says:

    This looks amazing. But is everyone really braising bone in chicken in 15 minutes? normally it would take 45 or so.

  24. Melinda says:

    This was so delicious! I have made it a few times now and it was amazing each time. Once I forgot leeks and used regular sweet onion instead and it was still good. One time I only had boneless thighs and they still came out delicious. It looks seriously impressive too if you serve it to company.

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