Chicken with Caramelized Apples

Looking for a chicken dinner with a difference? Well, look no further… This unusual casserole is a one pot dinner, ready for the oven in 15 minutes. All you have to do then is let the oven do the work. With gorgeous caramelized apples and warming hints of cinnamon and ginger, this is a perfect Autumn dinner. Use chicken thighs for flavour and I recommend using a cast iron casserole to allow you to do all the cooking in one pot. Save on that washing up!


3 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced

2 teaspoons Honey

30g Butter

1 small Cinnamon stick

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 tablespoon olive oil

700g Chicken Thighs on the bone

2 Onions – finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground Ginger

1 bunch of Coriander, leaves chopped

150ml water

Salt and pepper

2 tablepoons Sesame Seeds to garnish


Place the apples, honey, butter, cinnamon stick and nutmeg in the casserole and cook over a low heat. Cook until the apples begin to caramelize. Remove the mix from the casserole and set to one side.

Wipe the base of the casserole, no need to wash, and add oil to the casserole. Heat over a medium heat, add chicken thighs and cook until browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the onions and fry for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the ground cinnamon, ginger and coriander. Return the chicken to the casserole, season with salt and pepper, pour in the water and stir.

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to it’s lowest setting, cover with the lid and cook for 1.5 hours until chicken is cooked through. Check occasionally that there is enough liquid and add extra water if needed.

Add the caramelized apples to the casserole and serve sprinkled with sesame seeds and some creamy root mash on the side.



More about Julie

I'm Julie and I have been the Kitchen and Dining Buyer at Meadows and Byrne for over 2 years now. What inspired me to work for M&B and this department in particular? That's easy, a real passion for eating; to eat you must cook and to cook you must have a well stocked kitchen! So a passion has become a career and I have discovered gadgets that I never knew I needed as well as an unnatural enthusiasm for plates! Sustainability and the environment is also something I have a real interest in and I try to always search out the newest Eco-Friendly kitchen solutions. I do believe that a functional kitchen can have a green element in it which I try to promote.

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