Easy Recipes: Cranberry Apple Butter Chicken

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I have been in an apple butter mood lately. I mean, it is Fall.

I am having a hard time finding apple butter without high fructose corn syrup at the local grocery store and I have not had a chance to make a trip to the area apple orchard to buy it fresh. So, on my last trip to Trader Joe’s I searched their shelves.

I found an amazing jar of cranberry apple butter and thought it would be perfect to simmer chicken in on the stove top. I love new ideas for Chicken Recipes and this is the perfect opportunity to think outside the box.

You could totally use regular ol’ apple butter for this too. Feel free to improvise. Obviously I love to improvise myself.

cranberry apple butter chicken on the stove


In a large skillet, add the olive oil and garlic over a medium heat.

Add your chicken breasts and cook on each side for about 3 minutes each.

stove top dinner idea

Add the cranberry apple butter (or apple butter) to the tops of the chicken breasts.

I spread it evenly over each breast and let it cook for about 2-3 more minutes.

Then, flipped to the other side to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

apple butter chicken

Now the sauce, garlic, olive oil and chicken will all mix together.

chicken cooking in trader joes cranberry apple butter

Pour in the chicken broth and move the heat to low.

Cook for about 20 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through and all of the broth is cooked down and evaporated.

add chicken broth to the apple butter chicken

The chicken will have a nice brown caramelized coat on it. I love that!

My children said this was the most delicious chicken they have ever eaten. They say that after most meals for what it’s worth.

I served this over a bed of Trader Joe’s Rice Medley. (I cook it in chicken broth too. Great flavor!) Really, regular brown rice or white rice would work great too! Try swapping out the water for broth in any case.

I also made a pan of baked garlic butter asparagus. This time I added grape tomatoes. So good!!!

Dinner was ready in 30-45 minutes. I love that!

apple butter chicken recipe

If you’re looking for more apple butter recipes, try out my Crockpot Apple Butter Pork Chops and my Apple Butter Crescent Rolls. The cranberry apple butter would work great in either of these as well!



  1. Hi Crystal,
    Your Cranberry Apple Butter Chicken looks wonderful! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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