Apple Chutney


Easy-to-make, delicious apple chutney with chopped apples, onion, vinegar, brown sugar, orange peel, ginger and cinnamon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Apple chutney is a perfect accompaniment to roast chicken or pork! The chutney includes a combination of fresh apples, onion, ginger, orange peel, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar, giving it a tangy, spicy, sweet and sour flavor.

We usually buy chutney, but with our bountiful crop of apples I decided to try my hand at making some from scratch. It’s easy, actually, much easier than I expected!

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You just put all of the ingredients into a pot, bring to a simmer, and cook until everything cooks through and the flavors meld together.

For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.

Apple Chutney

Apple Chutney Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups


  • 2 large tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1 Combine ingredients and simmer: Put all of the ingredients (chopped apples, onion, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, orange zest, grated ginger, cinnamon) into a medium saucepan and stir to combine.

Heat on high to bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 40 minutes.

2 Uncover and simmer off excess liquid: Uncover and simmer over low heat for a few minutes more to cook off any excess liquid. Remove from heat and let cool.

Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Pam

    This was delicious and easy! Just the right amount for a weeknight dinner. I served with a grilled pork tenderloin. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Will definitely be making again.


  2. Jane

    Yummy,and so easy,added added chilliies for an extra kick

  3. Nat

    While the end result is tasty, the recipe as written doesn’t have nearly enough liquid in it. There’s no way a mere 1/4 cup of vinegar will last for 40 minutes of simmering. I wound up using about 1 cup of vinegar, and I also added about 1/4 cup of water towards the end.


  4. Ron

    Yum! I had no orange so used mandarin zest instead. Had no brown sugar so used white instead. Had no apple cider vinegar so used white vinegar instead. Did have apples though so used them. Also had onions, ginger and cinnamon so used them as well. Smells pretty good. Tastes pretty good. Probably will make again. Might put a few sultanas in it next time… or currants. I think a pear would go nicely too.
    Thank you.


  5. J

    What can I use if. I don’t have apple cider vinegar?

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