Braised Chicken Thighs with Apples, Bacon Chutney, and Roasted Red Potatoes


This was a recipe I thought of while trying to figure out what to do with some apples that were getting too ripe. I love this recipe and I hope you do too!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 27 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 52 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ pound bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, or more to taste

  • 6 dashes liquid smoke flavoring, or to taste

  • 4 red potatoes, quartered

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 Red Delicious apples - peeled, cored, and chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Combine red wine vinegar and brown sugar in a saucepan; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved and mixture is slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir bacon until crisp, adding 3 dashes liquid smoke while cooking, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and drain bacon grease.

  4. Place potatoes, skin-side down, in a baking dish. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 20 minutes.

  6. Mix apples and bacon into vinegar-brown sugar mixture; bring to a boil. Add garlic, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  7. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in the hot oil; cook for 7 minutes. Flip chicken;add water and a few shakes liquid smoke. Cover skillet and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  8. Place chicken on a serving plate and top with apple mixture. Arrange potatoes alongside chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

785 Calories
27g Fat
108g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 785
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 554mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 108g 39%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 24mg 120%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 1474mg 31%

* 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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