Tangy mustard and onions combine with sweet apples and raisins in this Slow Cooker Chicken and Apples recipe. You can prep most of the meal in advance, so everything comes together quickly and easily.
I tend to think of slow cooker meals as a weekday-only option. As if we don't need to eat dinner on the weekends! The great thing about this chicken and apples recipe is it cooks during the afternoon. So you can prep and set it up at lunch time, then go have all kind of fun on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day. Serve it over rice to keep it gluten free.
2 medium apples, peeled and cored
1 small onion
½ cup raisins
¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
½ c. yellow mustard
½ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
Chop apples and onion.
Place in slow cooker.
Add raisins and chicken broth.
Set chicken pieces on top of apple mixture.
In a separate bowl, combine mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and salt.
Spread mixture over chicken.
Cover and cook on high in the slow cooker for 2 ½ - 3 hours or 5-6 hours on low.
Using two forks, shred chicken into large chunks. Stir to combine.
Serve with cooked rice or buttered egg noodles.
Tips on Slow Cooker Chicken and Apples
- I use gala apples in all of my cooking, but you can use any kind of apple here that you like.
- Stick to plain, yellow mustard in this dish. It needs the sharp vinegar flavor of yellow mustard to cut the sweetness. Dijon and stone ground mustards just don't work as well.
- Meal Prep It: Chop the onion and make the sauce ahead of time. You can also cook the rice or noodles in advance. The day you're going to make this dish, just peel and chop the apples before adding everything in the slow cooker.
- If you're not a fan of raisins, leave them out! I enjoy the sweetness and texture that they add to this dish, but I've made it for people who hate raisins and it's still delicious without them.