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4.29 from 7 votes

Braised Apple Cider Chicken Dinner

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lexi


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  • Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sear chicken until brown on both sides in the dutch oven. This should take about 5 minutes per side.
  • Take chicken out of the pan and set aside on a plate.
  • 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.
  • Add in the brussels sprouts and stir until combined. dijon mustard and thyme. Stir well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with bacon and thyme and serve warm!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.9g | Protein: 35.8g | Fat: 19.1g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 702mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 12g