Apple Cider Chicken with Wild Rice


Apple slices, cider, thyme and mustard bring incredible, rich flavors to this easy chicken dinner. Wild or brown rice makes a perfect side dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings



  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in half lengthwise to make thin cutlets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or other neutral-flavor cooking oil

  • ¼ cup shallots, minced

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 2 cups sweet apple cider

  • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith - peeled, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1 sweet apple, such as Gala or Fuji - peeled, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 3 cups cooked wild rice or brown rice, or combination of the two


  1. Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.

  2. Get a skillet very hot. Once it is hot, add oil to it and brown the chicken on both sides. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until it's a nice, golden color. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate. It's okay that it's undercooked, it will finished cooking in the sauce.

  3. Over high heat, brown the shallots.

  4. Add cider vinegar and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the shallots and any leftover browned chicken bits.

  5. Before the vinegar evaporates, add the cider and the apple slices. Let this reduce on high for about 3 minutes. The apples and shallots will get very tender.

  6. While they reduce, mix the chicken broth and the cornstarch until there are no lumps left, then slowly add it to the bubbling cider and apples, stirring all the time while the sauce thickens.

  7. Mix in thyme, mustard, salt and pepper.

  8. Return the chicken and its juices back into the sauce, turn down to medium-low and summer for at least 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Serve with hot cooked rice.

Cook's Note:

You can also make this recipe with a more adult cider (alcoholic apple beverage), just leave out the vinegar. You can also use a whole cup of cider instead of the chicken broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
6g Fat
56g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 349mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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