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Slow Cooker Apple Chicken

This recipe is naturally gluten free, and also free of dairy, soy, egg, and tree nuts. It makes 8 servings. Total prep time is 10 minutes, and cook time is 3-4 hours in a crock pot.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker apple chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 243 kcal
Author Jereann Zann

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 2 apples medium sized
  • 1 cup chicken broth gluten free
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Combine your spices in a small bowl and stir until evenly combined. Set aside.
  2. Wash your chicken thighs and trim off excess fat around the edges.
  3. Cover the chicken with half of your spice mix, rubbing it into each piece. Make sure you do this to both sides of the chicken.
  4. Add the chicken as the bottom layer in your crock pot.
  5. Peel and then dice your apples into small cubes.
  6. Cover the chicken with diced apples and golden raisins.
  7. Sprinkles the rest of your spice mixture on top of the apples and raisins.
  8. Pour chicken broth on top of the chicken, apples and raisins.
  9. Set crock pot to high and cook for 3-4 hours, depending on how tender you want the chicken to be.
  10. Serve over basmati rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. Save time and add the spice rub to the chicken the night before. This will keep you from having to wash dishes in the morning during the hustle to get to school and/or work. Once the rub is on the chicken thighs, simply place them inside a large plastic bag and let them sit in the refrigerator over night.
  2. Choosing the right apples - You really can't go wrong here, but I wouldn't choose an apple as sweet as a Fuji apple. I love that variety of apple, but the golden raisins add sweetness to the meal and adding a super sweet apple would put it over the top too much, in my opinion. I have young children who are still developing their palettes for spices, so I decided to use gala apples which are sweeter than some varieties instead of Granny Smith apples which are more tart.  
  3. Storing leftovers is easy! You can refrigerate them for 3 days or freeze them. In both cases, be sure to place the leftovers in an air tight container. 
  4. Chicken breast can be substituted for chicken thighs in this recipe.

 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Apple Chicken
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 321mg14%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.