Chicken and Apples in Honey Mustard Sauce

Simple and quick chicken breast with apples cooked in broth, with a honey mustard sauce.

The sauce this recipe produces is fairly mild. If you would like a more intensely honey-mustard sauce, double up on the apple cider/mustard/honey mixture and skip the broth. Whatever you do, do not use red delicious apples for this recipe. That variety of apple simply does not cook well.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small unpeeled apples, cored and cut into eighths (use Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Jonagold, Pippin, or McIntosh apples, good cooking apples)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Method

1 Whisk cider, cornstarch, mustard, honey, salt and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. Set aside.

2 Salt the chicken well and dust in flour. Shake off the excess.

3 In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil on medium to medium high heat. Once the oil is hot add the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, about 3-4 minutes. Turn chicken, add apples, and cook until the chicken has browned on the other side.

4 Add chicken broth and cider mixture to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and simmer until chicken is tender, about 15 minutes.

5 With slotted spoon, remove chicken and apples to serving plates. Spoon sauce over chicken and apples and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with rice or noodles.

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Comments

  1. bigBess

    Tried this a couple days ago with Fujis. The apples were so-so, but I really liked how quickly this all came together. An easy, tasty dish!

  2. Pink Sun Drops

    An extremely nice change from your normal Italian or comfort styles of chicken. And very very good – now a requested family favorite! I did change one thing. As I did not have apple cider on hand I went with a different dressing to mix in with the broth – it had 1/2 c. mayo, 2 tsp. mustard, 2 tblsp. honey, 1 tblsp. lemon juice mixed together. Did the same as I would’ve with the dressing called for and mixed it in with the broth after the chicken and apples were removed and thickened it up a little bit. The apples added a delicious touch. Thanks Elise for this recipe! Oh also I used organic Braeburn I believe and they were perfect.

  3. Mikey

    Well I have to say this is one of the tastiest things I have ever cooked. I prepared this dish with granny smith apples (recommended be Elise) and they worked out great. I followed it up with a side of Green Beans with Almonds and Thyme which was amazing. I was planning on having some rice along with this meal but I forgot to put the lid on the pot after the water evaporated and..well.. no rice tonight. I’m a 22yr old college student just looking for easy but tasty recipes and this definitely fit the bill. Thanks!

  4. George

    Just tried it – really loved the chicken. It was moist and delicious. I used 1 pink lady apple for 2 chicken breasts. Turned out great.

  5. Chris

    I was looking for a mustard and honey sauce and found this, all i can say the sauce is realy good :D

  6. HJ

    Didn’t like this at all. Used Granny Smith Apples and nobody liked them. Chicken is okay but I have made similar recipes with a tastier honey mustard sauce.

  7. hj

    Here’s the sauce I prefer. From GH or BHG years ago:

    1T olive oil
    1 T flour
    1 T pepper
    1lb chicken cut to 1 inch
    (I think the above might be better w/ the bread crumbs in this recipe though)

    1 medium onion chopped
    14 oz chicken broth
    2 T dijon mustard whisked w/ 2T honey

    Chicken cooked in skillet 4-6 mins, removed. Add onion cook 3-4 mins remove. Cook broth on high 6-8 mins or until it thickens slightly. Whisk in mustard sauce. Return chicken and onion and cook through. Really saucy so it is good over rice or noodles.

  8. Geoff

    Thanks,

    This was great, surprisingly moist and scrumptious. I was without Apple Cider, so substituted 1/2 cup of Apple juice with two tsps of apple cider vinegar (don’t ask why!). I would probably double up on the dijon next time, but all in all it was a wonderful dish – served along side your brussel sprouts with fried onion and toasted almonds, my guests were suitably impressed!

    Hi Geoff, I agree with you on the mustard and have increased the amount in the ingredient list since first posting the recipe. ~Elise

  9. Becca

    I was unsure of whether I was supposed to add the sauce to the chicken broth (after I took the chicken and apples out of it) or if I was supposed to discard the chicken broth and cook the sauce by itself. I did the former option and I was disappointed by the dinner. The chicken was very plain, although tender and moist. It needed a lot of the sauce to taste good at all. The apples were INCREDIBLY squishy…it was not good and they tasted funny after simmering in the chicken broth. All in all, it was way too much work with not a good enough result.

  10. Elise

    Hello Becca – You didn’t by any chance use red delicious apples did you? If so, that might be the problem. They aren’t the best cooking apples. Your comment has prompted me to add a note about cooking apples to the recipe.

  11. Lisa

    I made this last night and thought it came out great. The taste really came together at the end. Definitely will become one that I make again, great during the week dinner. Simple and quick.

  12. Jane

    I just made this, and had to comment, because it was really delicious. I served it with mashed sweet potatoes and sugarsnap peas.

    I used large Bramley cooking apples (readily available here in the UK, but not listed on your chart so I don’t know if you guys get them over there….. these are really apple-y apples, way too tart to eat raw, and fairly large too). I added a spoonful of creme fraiche to the sauce once it had thickened up… it went very well with the other flavours.

    Thanks for another great recipe Elise!

  13. mimsie

    Just wanted to pop by and say this was an absolute hit with my boyfriend and his roommate. Also in the UK and used Bramleys with success. I served it with white rice (sticky not Basmati) and it was so good I licked the sauce off the plate!

  14. Michelle

    I made this last night, and initially I found the sauce too sweet. However, I added about 1/4 c of Guinness and a few drops of basalmic, and it gave it just the right amount of bitterness to counter the sweetness. I made skillet potatoes (if you have a farmers market look for german butterballs, they are my new favorite variety) and green beans for sides, it was great! The recipe was very easy to split in half.

  15. Darci

    Amazing recipe! My husband said that it was his favorite chicken dish that I have ever made! The sweetness of the honey and apples along with the mustard were wonderful! I didn’t change a thing about the recipe and it turned out wonderful! I will definitely be passing this along to friends and family to try!

  16. Little Judy

    This was delicious! I used Granny Smith apples, which added just the right tartness to balance the sauce.

    Loved it so much I blogged about it here.

  17. sasha

    I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was moist, but the flavor was very mild, I wish it had a bit more pop to it. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t use seasoned breadcrumbs. I just added salt and pepper to the crumbs. Perhaps it’s because I expected the granny smiths to have more texture. They were just apple mush after only simmering for 10 min.

    When it’s all said and done, I don’t know that I’d make this again.

  18. Matthew

    This was just lovely. So simple too!

    Regards from the UK. Keep up the good work!

  19. Kacy

    We just made this for dinner tonight and will definitely be making it again! The only thing I’ll do differently next time is leave out the breadcrumbs. For me it didn’t add anything, and in fact left mushy lumps in the sauce.
    I think this would also work beautifully with boneless butterflied pork chops!

  20. Ken D

    I was bored with the usual chicken. I tried this last night and we loved it. Simple to make. One Pan Cooking is great. I tried it with Djoin mustard(our usual)and it was good.

  21. Jen

    This was sooo good. I used granny smith apples, which ended up a little mushy, but were still very tasty with the chicken. My husband thought it was a little too sweet, but it was right up my alley! I loved the sauce- there was a comment about it being bland, but I used dijon mustard, which adds a little spice, and I think you also have to add enough salt & pepper.

  22. Ky

    I ate this tonight and thought it was so-so until my last bite when I had the chicken and apple together. Yum!

    I did make some substitutions because I didn’t have all of the ingredients on-hand. I used unsweetened cranberry-pomegranate juice instead of apple cider and I used Dijon mustard instead of plain. I used one cameo apple as that was all I had.

    A quick and easy meal that I will definitely be making again.

  23. Kim

    I sautéed some onion and added to the apples while cooking the chicken. I used Jonagold apples. I served this with steamed carrots with butter and brown sugar and pecans. Yum!

  24. Anju

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago but, in my usual rushed style, didn’t read the instructions properly. So instead of step 4 (adding the chicken broth and simmering for 15 minutes), I added the cider mixture (of which I’d made double portions) and let that simmer with the chicken. Lo and behold, the resulting dish was amazing! The gravy was sweet and thick and the chicken had the most amazing fragrance. I’m going to be cooking this recipe ‘wrong’ from now on. I love happy accidents!

    Great idea Anju, thanks! ~Elise

  25. Marie Poulin

    Simple and very tasty.
    Thanks for the recipe

  26. Three-Cookies

    Very unique. I have seen pork and apples but never chicken and apples. I wonder whether there is any specific reason for chicken and apples being not so common – usually there is.

    Chicken and apples is a French classic in chicken Normandy. ~Elise

  27. Cathouse Blues

    Some variation of this is a house favorite; if the sauce is running a bit sweet due to the cider I add a splash of dry vermouth.

  28. Mary

    Lovely apple/chicken dish (super combination) for Fall :)
    Mary x

  29. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Mmmm.. I’ve never tried apples with chicken before. Now I am intrigued. Or should I say, “can’t wait to try”? :D

  30. Malli

    This is a lovely chicken dish. perfect Fall combinations and the gravy looks so tempting!!

  31. jeroen de haan

    Kids liked it, I loved it! Great fast recipe

  32. Diana

    I have made this a few times since your original post with great results every time.

  33. angela@spinachtiger

    I love cooking with apples, recently with apples and onions, and I’m always grateful for new chicken recipe.

  34. Jennifer

    Very nice. Simple recipe, quick and tasty. Mild yet very pleasing. I doubled the sauce ingredients and used a Koops Horseradish brown mustard. I used fuji and empire apples. Next time I will use fuji only (more crisp, as was recommended).

  35. Melanie

    What a great looking recipe, I can’t wait to try it! One quick question to those who have made it already, do you think it would translate ok to pork? I have some center cut chops waiting to be cooked, and thought this might be a nice option. It seems like it would work, but thought I would pose the question and get your thoughts.

    Either way I will try it and report back results.

    Thanks as always for great recipes!

  36. Jennifer

    To Melanie – yes I think this would be great with pork. I think you may just need to adjust the browning and cooking times depending how you enjoy your chops. I browned my chicken for a bit longer yet, the cooking time was perfect on thick chicken breasts I used.

    Your idea sounds great. I think I will try it.

  37. Suzanne

    Perfect meal for a chilly autumn evening! Didn’t have cider on hand so substituted hard cider instead- also threw in a few roasted garlic cloves.

  38. Annu Sahay

    I wonder if we can replace apple with any other fruit. The presentation as usual is very nice. I am yet to try this at home – looks yummy!!

  39. John

    It sounded good, I inventoried and had everything except the apple cider. Drat. I used orange juice with a few shakes of ground ginger, served it over Jasmine rice, and it was great! I skimped on the chicken broth as all I had was canned (blah), and increased the juice/dijon/honey/ginger mixture. The small hint of ginger really made my orange “cider” a good match for the Daisy Girl apples that were on hand.

    I will definitely make this dish again, and may even use the orange “cider”. Exercise care adding ginger, too much would be a shame as it would cover up the delicate flavors in this dish.

  40. vmp

    I made the the chicken with apples and honey must sauce – it was wonderful – I served it with Cauliflower/Mashed Potatoes – a real hit…

  41. Eileen Goddard

    this looks heavenly–i can’t wait to try it!!

  42. Elis eLafosse

    This recipe saved me this week in West Hartford, CT where we were hit badly by an early snow storm which took down power lines everywhere. We did not have power, but since we have a gas stove, I could cook this on the cook top. I went to the library to print this recipe specifically knowing this, as my other chicken recipe I was planning to make had to go in the oven which I could not get lit because you have to start it electrically. And this recipe was easy and delicious, perfect for us contending with this horrible storm! Thank you thank you. We did manage to buy a generator and install it yesterday so at least we have power now, though without the generator, we still are without power here!!!! I am making it again next week because it was so good and easy too. Best, Elise

  43. Christina Szirmai

    I just made this recipe and enjoyed it immensely. I used Whole Grain Garlic mustard instead of dijon (I ran out) and it turned out wonderfully. There were whole mustard seeds in the sauce that added a nice texture and visual element. I served it up with brown rice cooked in a mixture of chicken broth and apple cider that also added some wonderful flavor. Thank you for this recipe!

  44. jill

    I had an open bottle of Savingnon Blanc, so I added about a 1/3 cup to the sauce before adding it to the pan. Yum! Because of the extra liquid, at the end I took out the chicken, added a bit more flour and boiled it for a couple minutes to thicken the sauce.

    Great recipe, Elise! Simply Recipes is my go-to spot for ‘what to make for dinner’

  45. jill

    OK, scratch my former comment about needing to add flour to thicken the sauce because I added a little extra liquid (wine). I just realized that instead of using corn starch in the recipe, I used powered sugar!! No WONDER it wouldn’t thicken up! At least it was a sweet sauce to start out with so the sugar didn’t mess up the flavor. LOL!

    Oh my! Glad it still worked out, even with the sugar. ~Elise

  46. george

    I have been making this recipe for a very long time and I could just say that it is one of my very very very favourite chicken recipes ever,ofcours thanks to Elise .and by the way can I use a mild Heinz burger mustard than the dijone?

  47. carol speranza

    Just got back from apple picking and buying apple cider , found this recipe, I used chicken thighs, used mcintosh, cooked down until apples were cooked thoroughly in sauce, was absolutely fabulous. Will serve this to company.

  48. Nasdaq24

    Made this for dinner yesterday with changes….my son who is my worst critic and husband who loves it when I make a new dish devoured it all! Used orange juice instead of apple cider and chicken broth. Will be making this for a luncheon I am catering in two weeks. Thanks for sharing this recipe