Chicken and Apples in Honey Mustard Sauce

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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Looking for a quick and easy chicken breast recipe? This one is perfect for fall.

You just dredge chicken breasts in a little flour, brown them and apple slices in a little olive oil, and pull everything together with a simple honey mustard sauce.

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It all cooks in one pot, in 30 minutes. We like serving it with rice or noodles, a great way to sop up that extra sauce!

This recipe is a version of one that came from my friend Heidi in Massachusetts, who pulled it from the Boston Globe years ago.

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

Chicken Apple Honey Mustard

Chicken and Apples in Honey Mustard Sauce Recipe

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

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.

Please do NOT use red delicious apples for this recipe. That variety of apple simply does not cook well.


  • 1/2 cup sweet apple cider
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin 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


1 Whisk apple 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 Brown the chicken breasts and apple slices: 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 well browned on one side, about 3-4 minutes.

Turn chicken, add apples, and cook until the chicken has browned on the other side.

4 Add broth cider mixture, cover and simmer: 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 Reduce sauce: With slotted spoon, remove chicken and apples to serving plates. Increase the heat of the pan to high and simmer the sauce for a minute or two until it thickens.

Spoon sauce over chicken and apples and sprinkle with parsley.

Serve with rice or noodles.

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Recipe is adapted by one by Jean Kressy of the Boston Globe.


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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. RobDub

    So easy and so good! We were try to use up a bounty of fall apples, so we used a juicer to make fresh “cider” instead and it turned out beautifully! Will make again (we have TONS of apples!!


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  2. Pat

    Excellent!! Followed recipe exactly. However at 5 mins left cooking the sauce became too thick for my taste so I just added a bit more apple cider. Will make again!!


  3. Jelena

    I altered the recipe using apple cider vinegar instead of cider, adding some more honey and omitting the broth. My husband and I love it, but my daughter won’t even take a bite :(


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  4. Glenn Sullivan

    This is a staple in my house, but tonight I mixed it up… I used boneless pork chops instead of chicken, and completely forgot to add the chicken broth, but the resulting sauce was wonderfully thick, and it complimented the pork very well.

    But made according to the recipe is our usual method, which is ALSO a crowd pleaser. But use a big pan!


  5. Jason

    I have made this recipe numerous times and it is always delicious. However, there are a couple things I have changed on it. I usually add the apples in stages with the last addition just a couple minutes before cooking is complete. This gives you some nice texture variation on the apples. The other thing that I add is cashews, again added in stages with the apples. In my opinion the cashew addition takes this dish from good to outstanding.

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