Honey Apple Braised Chicken – One Pot

super easy

Introducing honey apple braised chicken; brined chicken with sweet honey, apple, and onion braised with a touch of cilantro. Easy to make – low and slow as with any braised dish.

Honey apple braised chicken plated with sauce and cilantro

 

I give you honey apple braised chicken! Confession time, I actually started making this dish last year and it’s taken me that long to share it with you so for that, I apologize! I think the name of the dish says it all so we can just get right into it.

The chicken that I used was brined overnight however, I have been known to only have a short amount of time to get dinner on the table and have brined for only 30-45 minutes and the dish has been just as tasty.  Start by seasoning your brined chicken with salt and pepper.

Prep Tip:  While your chicken is being brined or before you start to sear your chicken, slice apples thin, chop your onion and measure out your honey and your stock.  This will make things go more quickly in the kitchen while you’re trying to get the dish started.  Braising time is about one hour.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid.  Over medium heat sear both sides of your chicken, remove from the pot, and set aside.

Searing chicken in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper

If your pan is dry after searing your chicken, go ahead and add another teaspoon or so of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter. Toss your onions into the pot and season with salt and pepper. Let them warm through until semi-translucent (about five to ten minutes).

Let’s get the flavor going…

Once onions start to cook, add in one cup of chicken stock to deglaze the pan. Stir the onions and stock and make sure you get all the brown bits off the bottom. They are like little nuggets of flavor you don’t want to miss out on. Add the honey, cover, and let simmer for five minutes.

Cooking caramelized onions with apples, butter and olive oil

Once you have simmered the onions, honey, and stock, get the apples in there and stir to coat. Let those cook for about three to five minutes, or until they are softened.

Once your apples have softened, place your chicken on top of the apples and cover. Pour in at least one cup of chicken stock and cover.

Cooked Chicken ready for braising liquid laying atop onions apples honey and butter

If one cup of stock does not cover your chicken, add in more until it is somewhat like what you see in the photo below.

 

Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let your Honey Apple Braised chicken work its magic for at least an hour or until the internal temperature of the chicken breast reads 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Braised chicken cooking with apples, honey and onions

After your chicken is done, plate and serve! This honey apple braised chicken is absolutely delish garnished with fresh parsley or cilantro and served with steamed broccoli or rice.

Another delicious side would be cauliflower. Try our One-Pan Velvety Roasted Cauliflower with this chicken. Whole roasted in brown butter….mouth-watering.

Honey apple braised chicken plated with sauce and cilantro

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