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Chicken fricassee with apples is the 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

Chicken fricassee with apples is the 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 (1½ pounds total), or 1½ pounds chicken tenderloins (see note)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala apples, cored and each cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (do not peel)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme (or ¾ teaspoon dried)
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ 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 ½-inch thickness.)
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ 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 ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ 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 ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ 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 1½ 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

  • Delicious tender chicken! I am not a fan of cooked fruit so probably won’t make this again, but the flavors were fabulous and the chicken/sauce was super tasty! I couldn’t find apple cider so had to sub in fresh apple juice.

    • — Tara on June 8, 2022
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  • I had a bit of trouble with this recipe. I didn’t cook the apples long enough — they didn’t get browned at all, only softened. And I think the chicken breasts were still too thick even after they were halved because I cooked them longer and they still felt underdone. Overall, my end result was really pale looking and nowhere near as tantalizing as the recipe photo. The texture of undercooked apple is oddly similar to that of undercooked chicken 🤪 so that was fun.

    My mistakes aside, the flavors of this recipe are outstanding… like Michelin star good. I felt really proud of making this and I will definitely try this again and make sure to pay attention to the areas where I made mistakes the first time around.

    • — Joseph on April 24, 2022
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    • Personal comment – sometimes it helps to read it through a few times, questioning, looking, and trying to not have to be in a hurry. (I am NOT saying that you were.)

      I knew I wanted to add a 16 oz. pkg 1/4rd button+ mushrooms. (If they are simply sliced they seem to reduce to be too small, and not really visible. I also didn’t want to use too many onions or much thyme (tummy issues, plus I like the pureness without.) I ALSO do not cook with black pepper. I just do not like it. So I cook with Hungarian paprika instead. It also gives a lovely color. I figure that people can use pepper as they would like. Salt, however, is a chemical needed in cooking. I may go on the underside of the amount, but am generally careful. So, all of that together, it worked slick! Are you going to try it again?

      • — Glidnab on May 27, 2022
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  • Excellent, easy, and feels like a special meal. I’m always looking for easy recipes because the truth is, I’m tired of cooking but restaurants have become too expensive. Thanks for a recipe we all enjoyed that didn’t feel like a ton of work. I’ll definitely make this again.

    • — Jan on February 9, 2022
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  • I made this last night and we were wowed by the complexity of flavors. This one’s a keeper…just like all the other recipes I’ve made from your site!

    • — Mary on February 8, 2022
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  • Made this excellent dish for company, delicious
    Thank you for. Great and inspiring site

    • — Rose on January 27, 2022
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  • What a fabulous dish this is. It’s become one of my favorites. Full of lovely flavor. I follow your recipe exactly. No tweaking and it’s perfect every time. I’ve sent this recipe to all my children, one here in the US, two in London England and one in Italy and they all love it. Brava Jenn

    • — Ruth Levy-Franks on January 18, 2022
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  • My son took his first bite and said “wow!” This was delicious – followed the recipe exactly as written and loved it! Definitely adding to our rotation.

    • — Hilary on January 6, 2022
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  • Delicious!!! Substituted GF flour and coconut cream for the heavy cream. Sooo good. Can’t wait to make it again!

    • — Jackie on December 15, 2021
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  • Just made this recipe tonight. It was excellent! I used Lactaid 2% milk and thickened it like you suggested with cornstarch and water. Very good and I had most of the ingredients on hand. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Marianne A on December 11, 2021
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  • This was a HUGE hit with my family done exactly as written. Such a winner; they are begging for it again. I’d love to do it again tonight but have bone-in chicken thighs – any recommendations for how to make that change? Longer searing at the onset and cooking in the sauce a bit longer until up to temp? Thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

    • — Jillian on December 10, 2021
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    • Hi Jillian, So happy the family enjoyed it! I really think this recipe is best with chicken breasts but if you’d like to use bone-in thighs, as you said, the only thing that will change is the cooking time. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on December 12, 2021
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    • Jillian,
      Have you cooked this with thighs? Personally, I would use skin-on thighs (probably bone-in, too). I would coat them in a flour/salt/paprika covering, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Skin side up. Then I would keep those warm and go from there…do you get what I mean? You can always cook the chicken completely in the oven, make the sauce separately (and I always use less onion, no black pepper (I don’t cook with it) (I use paprika, instead). So you have chicken. Noodles. Apple mushroom sauce. (Double the sauce – including apples and mushrooms!) Put each on the table separately – let people serve themselves. Leftovers get combined, too yummy!

      • — Glidnab on May 27, 2022
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