Apple-Rosemary Chicken


I promise you this chicken will leave smiles at the dinner table. The sweetness of the apples and cider combined with the savoriness of the rosemary produces one of the tastiest chicken pan sauces you've ever had. And then top it off with a garnish of bacon … oh yeah!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 firm apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • ½ onion, vertically sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup sodium-free chicken broth

  • ½ cup apple cider

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Pound chicken breasts with a tenderizer to an even thickness and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Place flour in a large plastic resealable bag. Add chicken breasts one at a time and shake to coat with flour. Remove from the bag, shake off excess flour, and set aside.

  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.

  3. Add butter to the reserved bacon fat and cook over medium heat until melted. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center and a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the breasts. Remove from skillet and keep warm.

  4. Add apple, onion, and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in chicken broth, apple cider, rosemary, and lemon juice. Cover and simmer until apple and onion are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove apple and onion to a plate and keep warm. Leave pan juices in the skillet.

  5. Bring pan juices to a boil and cook until slightly reduced and flavor has intensified, about 3 minutes. Return chicken, apple, and onion to the skillet, and reheat briefly until warm. Serve garnished with the pan sauce and crisp bacon.

Cook's Note:

If apple cider is not available, substitute apple juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
9g Fat
18g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 329mg 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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