23 Savory Main Dish Recipes Starring Sweet Apples
There's nothing like the sweet surprise of cooked fruit complementing tender, savory meat. In these recipes, apples are a sweet, slightly tart companion for pork, chicken, beef, sausage, and more. Indeed, these savory apple recipes are meant for dinners or lunches, not the dessert table, and you'll appreciate how the fruit's natural sweetness and tartness add balance and depth of flavor to the final meal. Apples are often at their peak in fall, but many of these dinner recipes with apples can be made year-round.
Rosemary-Roasted Chicken with Apples and Potatoes
"This dish makes a fantastic sweater-weather meal, with beautifully roasted chicken and an apple, potato, and onion bake that takes advantage of the delicious roasted chicken drippings," says Diana71. "The beginning of fall comes with an abundance of apples, which means it's time to start baking! But more than pies, apples roast extremely well with chicken!"
"Plastered" Pork Tacos with Apple-Jalapeno Salsa
Bring crisp, juicy flavor to classic pork tacos with an apple-jalapeño salsa. Don't eat pork? Try it with beef, or make the salsa recipe for shrimp tacos. "Holy cow!!! Amazing, even the kiddo loved it. The salsa is great worth the fresh cilantro," writes cook dedekins532.
Momma Pritchett's Grilled Pork Chops and Apple-Pear Topping
"Always a gem," says Nolan. "Added garlic to the mix and double the marinade."
Chicken and Apple Stuffing Casserole
Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples
"The apple and onion together work magic on this classic dish," says Katie.
Baked Chicken Thighs with Apples and Onions
"This warm and hearty chicken dinner is perfect for the fall," says fabeveryday. "This warm and hearty chicken dinner is perfect for the fall. Onions are simmered in apple cider and chicken stock before being baked with chicken thighs, apples, and cream."
Fennel-Rubbed Pork Chops with Apple, Kale, and Sweet Potato
"We both loved this meal! Very healthy as well as tasty! The ground fennel and pepper add a wonderful background taste," writes Allrecipes cook Sufficient Grace.
Apple-Tarragon Turkey Sloppy Joes
"A more wholesome version of the ever-popular sloppy joe using ground turkey instead of ground beef," says lutzflcat. "You'll get sweetness from the apples, a subtle hint of anise from the tarragon, and a burst of aromatic flavor from the cloves. Be adventuresome, step outside the box, and give it a try! Serve on butter-toasted hamburger buns."
Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Apples, cider, and sweet potato are a comforting but unfussy side for pork tenderloin. The delicate sweetness of the apple and potato blunts the heat from the chipotle chile powder. "OMG this was soooo good. Leftovers were good too," writes cook Colleen Vaughn.
Fruited Curry Chicken Salad
"A healthy and tasty chicken salad with a fruity twist," says Karen. "Great on a croissant or in a honey pita."
Asian Pork Burger
"They are so flavorful you can eat them without a bun," says Norm. "I would recommend putting on some extra teriyaki sauce."
Fruity Red Salmon Salad
"This is a very healthy lunch salad," says seajillian. "Flaked salmon sweetened with apples and raisins and eaten on whole wheat crackers."
Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions
In this savory apple recipe, the apples cook down to become part of the sauce. But if you like having bits of apple in the final dinner, use a firm apple type, like Golden Delicious. "Excellent flavor! pork was tender. Apple onion stuff was wonderful; sweet but not overly. Served with white rice," writes Allrecipes community member Douglas Erickson.
Mulligatawny Soup I
"Delicious," says ivyguppy. "I shredded the apple with a cheese grater instead of chopping it up. The apples melted right into the soup and it was de-lish."
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple, Cranberry, and Sausage
Apple and dried cranberries provide a sweet and tart contrast to savory, salty sausage and provolone cheese. Cooked in acorn squash halves, this recipe is fancy enough for a dinner party or special occasion.
Korean Spicy Chicken Tenders with Sweet Apple
"The chicken is so tender," says mirikim03. "And the spicy Korean red pepper paste with the fresh big chunks of apple, celery, and bell pepper are just so wholesome and hearty. Serve with a bowl of steamed white rice, tortilla, pita bread, or sandwich bread."
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fried Apples
"Easy to make, great taste, grilled very quickly, and the family, who usually won't eat pork unless it's bacon, loved it," raves Joseph.
Easy Chicken Cutlets with Apples
"Delicious, and truly a restaurant quality dish," says GolgerGirl. "Wonderful with basmati rice."
Sweet Lamb Curry
"A mild fragrant mix of lamb, raisins, apples, etc. produces a wonderful flavor," says windwalker. "Can be made the day before. Serve with rice, sambals, and pappadums."
Apple and Pork Stew
This savory stew is a delicious blend of pork shoulder, Granny Smith apples, vegetables, wine, and broth. "Wow! This was SO good!" raves Michael. "The combination of beef broth red wine and herbs was fantastic! My boyfriend couldn't stop raving about it."
Apple Cider Stew
"This is a warm, sweet, fall favorite!" says Joy. "It tastes even better the second day!"
Brined and Stuffed Pork Loin Roast
"The brine is perfect," says bayareas. "It's the key to juicy, moist meat!"
Spicy Apple Cider-Glazed Chicken Thighs
"This easy, stovetop main dish uses apple cider to simmer boneless, skinless chicken thighs and onions," says Bibi. "Add some sambal oelek or some Sriracha sauce for a bit of heat, or omit for tender palates. Serve over cooked rice, or cauliflower rice, if you prefer."