Chicken Fricassee with Apples

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This creamy, comforting chicken fricassee is made with apples and is a perfect marriage of sweet and savory.

Halfway between a sauté and a stew, chicken fricassee is an old-fashioned dish of golden sautéed chicken in a creamy sauce. This updated version with apples, adapted from Cook’s Country, is perfect for fall. The sauce is made with equal parts chicken broth, apple cider and cream, giving the dish a savory yet fruity and rich complexity, while a splash of cider vinegar at the end adds brightness. The sautéed apples add tart-sweet flavor and also make the dish feel a little fancy.

I buy two large chicken breasts and slice them in half horizontally, which makes four nice portions that cook quickly in one batch. I don’t recommend using the pre-sliced chicken breasts sold at the supermarket – they are typically very thin, which means you’d need more of them and would have to cook the chicken in two batches. If you don’t want to bother with slicing the chicken breasts yourself, chicken tenderloins are a great alternative. Serve the chicken and apples with a simple green vegetable, like roasted Brussels sprouts, along with rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.

What You’ll Need To Make Chicken Fricassee with Apples

chicken fricassee with apples ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to form four flat fillets. (Skip this step if using chicken tenderloins; instead, using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the tenderloins so that they are an even 1/2-inch thickness.)

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

seasoning thinly sliced chicken breasts

Spread the flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat, shaking to remove excess; transfer to a plate and set aside.

dredging chicken in flour

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples to the pan and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

sliced apples in skillet

Cook the apples, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a second plate; set aside.

lightly browned apples in skillet

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter with the remaining tablespoon oil in the now-empty skillet over medium-high heat and add the chicken.

browning chicken on first side

Cook until lightly browned but not quite cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Set the partially cooked chicken on another plate and set aside.

browning chicken on second side

Add the onion, thyme, a heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to now-empty skillet. onions, thyme and salt in skillet

Cook over medium heat until the onion is softened and browned, 4 to 5 minutes.

softened and lightly browned onions in skillet

Add the cider and broth to the skillet, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by approximately half, about 5 minutes.

adding chicken broth and apple cider to skillet

Add the cream and bring to a boil.

adding cream to reduced liquid in skillet

Cook until sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.

cream boiling and thickening in skillet

Add the chicken and any accumulated juices back to the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

chicken finishing cooking in simmering sauce

Stir in the vinegar and apples. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

adding apples and cider to chicken fricassee in skillet

Spoon the sauce and apples over the chicken, sprinkle with the chives, and serve.

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Chicken Fricassee with Apples

This creamy, comforting chicken fricassee is made with apples and is a perfect marriage of sweet and savory.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (1-1/2 pounds total), or 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins (see note)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala apples, cored and each cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (do not peel)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme (or ¾ teaspoon dried)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Instructions

  1. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to form four flat fillets.(Skip this step if using chicken tenderloins; instead, using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the tenderloins so that they are an even 1/2-inch thickness.)
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread the flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat, shaking to remove excess; transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples to the pan and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook the apples, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a second plate; set aside.
  4. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter with the remaining tablespoon oil in the now-empty skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned but not quite cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Set the partially cooked chicken on another plate and set aside.
  5. Add the onion, thyme, a heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to now-empty skillet and cook over medium heat until the onion is softened and browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cider and broth to the skillet, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by approximately half, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices back to the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in the vinegar and apples. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Spoon the sauce and apples over the chicken, sprinkle with the chives, and serve.
  9. I buy two large chicken breasts and slice them in half horizontally, which makes four nice portions that cook quickly in one batch. I don't recommend using the pre-sliced chicken breasts sold at the supermarket – they are typically very thin, which means you'd need more of them to get 1-1/2 pounds, and you'd have to cook the chicken in two batches. If you don't want to bother with slicing the chicken breasts yourself, chicken tenderloins are a great alternative.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 599
  • Fat: 35
  • Saturated fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Sugar: 17
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 42 g
  • Sodium: 1,035 mg
  • Cholesterol: 202 mg

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Comments

  • My daughter said this is one of her top three all-time favourite meals.

    • — JM on November 24, 2021
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  • My husband and daughter really liked this dish (I don’t eat meat) and I found it very easy to make with your detailed an precise instructions. My grocery store didn’t have chives, so I garnished with chopped Italian parsley instead, but otherwise followed the recipe as written.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — vivian on November 21, 2021
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  • I’m making this for the second time tonight. I could eat the sauce and nothing else.

    • — Jeri Bitney on November 20, 2021
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  • I had to go out of town and I left this recipe with my 15 yr old–He made it! He has made it two more times–it is delicious and he is so proud–easy and delicious and a unique marriage of flavors–not the usual chicken dinner–

    • — Renee Dolney on November 19, 2021
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  • Jen this is simply divine. My husband who is a gourmand and wonderful cook says this dish could grace the finest Michelin starred restaurants.

    • — RUTH LEVY-FRANKS on November 17, 2021
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  • This is unbelievably delicious! I was immediately drawn to it because I had some apples left from our trip to the orchard, and it did not disappoint! I would give it way more than five stars if I could! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

    • — Alex S. on November 16, 2021
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  • I cannot exaggerate how truly spectacular this is. I added mushrooms just because I needed to get rid of them, but the sauce! Oh, my, the sauce. Thank you for this! I will not be using my cream for this rather than ice cream.

    • — Jeri Bitney on November 14, 2021
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  • So glad I tried this one. I followed the recipe exactly, using chicken tenders, and served it with brown basmati rice and French style green beans. Also had some homemade cranberry sauce (because…apples and cranberries!). Loved the combination of apples with the chicken, and the sauce was delicious. The recipe was easy to follow and came together perfectly.

    • — Lauren on November 10, 2021
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  • This is most likely the BEST chicken recipe I have ever made! When a table full of friends all exclaim, “OMG! This is perfection!” you know this recipe is IT. Follow the directions exactly as written. Use all the ingredients as written. It will become one your most exceptional meals ever. All my friends asked for the recipe.

    For dessert I made Jenn’s classic carrot cake. Another “wow!”

    I think I have friends for life after last night’s meal. 🙂

    • — Peg Reiter on November 9, 2021
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  • I made this for dinner tonight and everyone enjoyed it. Another keeper of a recipe from Jen.

    • — Linnea Ashley on November 7, 2021
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  • Okay, so I really goofed up but it was still so good!! I used apple cider vinegar for the whole thing and not apple cider! I did omit the last tablespoon of vinegar at the end because I thought it may be too strong! HAH! My family loved it and my husband thought it tasted like a German dish from the homeland! I’ll have to make it the correct way next time but we enjoyed it this way, too! Thanks, Jennifer ALWAYS love your recipes!

    • — SJ on November 7, 2021
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  • If doubling the recipe, would it be best to cook two batches or is all in one fine? Thank you in advance Chef!

    • — Jona on November 5, 2021
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    • Hi Jona, You’ll need to brown the chicken in two batches, but you can make the sauce and finish the chicken in one pan if it will all fit.

      • — Jenn on November 6, 2021
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  • Wow! Absolutely amazing. Thank you!

    • — Tracey on November 4, 2021
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  • OMG DELICIOUS! As previous reviewer said your recipes are so wonderful I could serve them to guests the first time I try them. Just a wonderful Fall recipe.

    • — Carol O'Neill on November 4, 2021
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  • OMG!! This was DELICIOUS!!!!!!

    • — Rod on November 3, 2021
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  • Jen, all of your recipes are FOOL PROOF. I feel confident that I could make any of them for the first time and serve it to guests. This dish was no exception. Made it exactly as written. The dish is extremely flavorful, the apple cider vinegar at the end adds the right amount of acid and the chicken was extremely moist. Thanks for the suggestion to use chicken tenderloins. They worked beautifully.

    • — Catherine on November 3, 2021
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  • Excellent! I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. Served with roast potatoes. Put the left over chicken and sauce and apples/onions in a pan. Covered with foil and heated for one hour in oven next day. I believe they were even better. Thanks so much for being Once Upon a Chef. :>

    • — Lynn Barrett on November 3, 2021
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  • HI Jenn,

    This was delicious. I added just a dash of cinnamon to the apples…think maybe a splash of bourbon next time may be delicious, too. This was couldn’t-stop-eating great!!

    • — Mary J Cassells on November 3, 2021
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  • Hey Jen! My daughter has a dairy allergy. Would I be able to substitute oat or rice milk for the heavy cream and plant based butter for the regular butter? Thanks!

    • — Melissa on November 3, 2021
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    • Hi Melissa, I think plant based butter should work. And You can use non-dairy milk — the sauce may not thicken, but you could whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a little cold water at the end.

      • — Jenn on November 3, 2021
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  • Autumn perfection! The addition of the apple cider vinegar at the end makes the sauce perfectly balanced. I’ll definitely be making this again.

    • — Sara on November 2, 2021
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  • This recipe is a winner! The sauce is incredibly taste…just check seasonings at the end. A bit of salt and pepper kicked it up a notch. Family loved the flavors but not the slices of apple. When I make it again, I’ll julienne the apples first. That’s all! Another amazing recipe. Thanks!

    • — Patt on November 2, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn
    I cannot wait to try this! Can I use chicken cutlets for this recipe?
    Thank you so much
    Melissa

    • — Melissa Pickard on November 2, 2021
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    • Hi Melissa, you can but keep in mind that they are typically very thin, which means you’d need more of them and will have to cook the chicken in two batches. If you don’t want to bother with slicing the chicken breasts yourself, chicken tenderloins are a great alternative.

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2021
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  • Delicious! A great blend of flavors. I’m sometimes not a fan of putting apples in a savory sauce, but this totally works with the sweetness of the cider. My husband and I cook more than the average family and everyone gets to rate all new recipes. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you!

    • — Amy on November 1, 2021
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  • I made this exactly as written this weekend, and it was a big hit with my family. I used Honeycrisp apples. It was not difficult at all, and I will definitely be adding it to Fall menus in the future. Thanks for such dependable, trustworthy recipes!

    • — Karen on November 1, 2021
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  • This is amazing. The whole family loved it. My husband wants to try it with pork next. Do you think pork would work?

    • — Jennifer Weber on October 31, 2021
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 31, 2021
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  • I made this tonight and it is incredibly flavorful and delicious! It took a little work to put everything together but it was totally worth the work. I don’t have a 12 inch skillet so I used my 10 inch skillet. I cooked the chicken in 2 batches but was able to fit everything in the skillet in the final step. Definitely a winner snd I will make it again.

    • — Julie on October 31, 2021
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  • I want to serve this to guests but dont wan’t to be working in the kitchen while my husband entertains alone. How far ahead can I make this dish and how do you suggest keeping it warm/ reheating.
    Thanks

    • — DD on October 31, 2021
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    • Hi DD, I think you could get away with making this a few hours ahead of time and reheating. Some of the gravy may get absorbed as it sits so if necessary, you can add a bit more cream or broth when you reheat it. Alternatively, you can cook the dish to the point right before adding the chicken back to the pan. Refrigerate it and then proceed from there right before serving it. Hope that helps and that everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2021
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  • I made this yesterday and it was a hit. A wonderful unique blend of flavours.
    This is a beautiful Fall dish and so easy to make. Thank you Jen, it is another family favourite.

    • — Louise on October 30, 2021
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  • Made this last night and it was delicious! Simple ingredients that I already had on hand turned out so well and balanced. Only change was I used half and half instead of cream because that’s what I had. Excellent directions and the pictures were helpful to me because I was worried about over-boiling the cream and under-browning the chicken. Served this yummy chicken over brown rice blend with a simple green salad and my family raved about it. They’re always so happy when I’m making one of Jenn’s recipes for dinner!

    • — Linda on October 29, 2021
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  • Just made this last night. Super yummy and easy. I used Gala apples and it was delicious. Thanks again Jenn, for another amazing recipe. My 87 year old mother said it is now one of her all time favorites. A great New England comfort food dinner.

    • — Laura on October 29, 2021
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  • I only have peach cider. Do you think that would work in place of the apple cider?

    • — Susan on October 29, 2021
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    • Sure, I think that should be fine. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2021
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  • Made this last night, along with your recommended side of roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic and honey and everyone loved it! Served with crusty bread from the oven and finished the meal with your French Apple Cake (which was remarkably easy to make and SO good). Will definitely put this in rotation going forward – the flavors were amazing. Thank you for teaching us how to make this outstanding meal!

    • — Virginia Cook on October 29, 2021
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  • This landed in my inbox at the right time as I had just defrosted some chicken breasts, and yesterday a friend gave me a few bags of apples and onions from the garden. Personally I loved this. Sadly, my hubby and kids (5 and 6) did not. They’re in the “fruit should not be cooked in a main course” camp. But still, two thumbs up from the chef.

    • — Audrey on October 29, 2021
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  • Absolutely brilliant, this is an amazing main course. Well done Jenn, a real home run. This is “company quality” right from the get go.

    • — Will Coyle on October 28, 2021
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  • Another high-end comfort meal from you, Jenn! Made it exactly as written. Such depth of flavor with those creamy notes of a traditional fricassee but with a fruit-forward zing. Will absolutely make this again. Thank you!

    • — Amber on October 28, 2021
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  • Made this tonight and it was a great hit. Perfect fall dish served over egg noodles.

    Thanks again for your wonderful recipes and advice.

    JH

    • — John H on October 28, 2021
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  • I made this recipe for dinner tonight. It was absolutely delicious! Thank you, Jenn. You are my go-to website for everything I cook. You never disappoint!

    • — Jacki S on October 28, 2021
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  • This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it! To keep the carbs down, could I dredge the chicken in super fine almond flour?

    • — Alex Scopeletis on October 28, 2021
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    • Sure, Alex – that should be fine. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • I’m making this TONIGHT! I have chicken breasts and apples that need to be cooked and I just searched, “Chicken Breasts, Apples, Once Upon A Chef” hoping you had something and you do! You always do. Thanks.

    • — Latreava on October 28, 2021
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  • I haven’t tried this recipe but would like to for company. Any suggestions on making this ahead of time?

    • — Linda on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Linda, I think you could get away with making this a few hours ahead of time and reheating. Some of the gravy may get absorbed as it sits so if necessary, you can add a bit more cream or broth when you reheat it. Alternatively, you can cook the dish to the point right before adding the chicken back to the pan. Refrigerate it and then proceed from there right before serving it. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2021
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  • This looks delicious can I make a few hours before?

    • — Chaya Kurz on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Chaya, I think you could get away with making this a few hours ahead of time and reheating. Some of the gravy may get absorbed as it sits so if necessary, you can add a bit more cream or broth when you reheat it. Alternatively, you can cook the dish to the point right before adding the chicken back to the pan. Refrigerate it and then proceed from there right before serving it. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2021
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  • Lactose intolerance, what can I use instead of heavy cream? Also, wondered if apple juice would work instead of cider. Thanks, looks delish!

    • — Lynda on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Lynda, You could try coconut milk, and apple juice should work.

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • Jenn: what a beautiful recipe, I’ll be printing this out to make soon; great fall recipe.

    • — Pamela C Harriman on October 28, 2021
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  • Can I substitute non fat Greek yogurt for the cream?

    • — Susan on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Susan, I think Greek yogurt would work, but I would just stir it in at the very end along with the apples (don’t let it boil). Also, you may not need the cider vinegar, as the Greek yogurt is tart. Hope that helps, and please LMK how it turns out if you try it this way!

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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      • Tried it the other night. Delicious! I used plain non fat Greek yogurt and left out the vinegar as you suggested. It was creamy and so tasty. The yogurt didn’t incorporate completely but that was probably because the pan was filled with chicken and apples which made it harder to stir in the yogurt. Another favorite Jenn recipe to add to the rotation. Thanks!

        • — Susan Rosenblum on November 4, 2021
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  • This sounds divine. Is there any way to turn it into a crockpot recipe?

    • — Joan on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Joan, I don’t recommend making this in a crockpot, as the chicken needs very little time to cook. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • What would you recommend in place of the heavy cream to make the dish lighter? This looks delicious!

    • — Robin Whitmeyer on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Robin, You could use half & half or milk – the sauce may not thicken, but you could whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a little cold water at the end.

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • Sounds delicious but it’s a little high in fat…Can you recommend a substitute for the heavy cream? My doctor will thank you!!

    • — Geri on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Geri, You could use half & half or milk – the sauce may not thicken, but you could whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a little cold water at the end.

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • Jen, I make a very similar recipe. My husband asks for it every fall. The only difference is that I soak the chicken in buttermilk overnight first. I am eager to try your recipe this weekend. By the way, I am really enjoying your new cookbook. Almost every page has a sticky note on it to mark a recipe I want to try. I keep the book on a completely different counter from where I am cooking so I don’t accidentally spill or splatter on it; it is such a beautiful book! Thank you!

    • — Tonya on October 28, 2021
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2021
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  • Question: Many recipes call for a small, medium or large onion. For me it would be better if we could know the weight of the product to use. What’s your thought on this.
    Thanks.

    • — Sunny Drohan on October 28, 2021
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    • Hi Sunny, I don’t include the weight of onions because generally, a few ounces more or less won’t make a big difference in a recipe. If the amount of onion has a significant impact on the finished product, I’ll indicate the amount of chopped onions you’d need in cups and grams. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2021
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