Baked Chicken Thighs with Apples and Onions


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 4 (4 ounce) bone-in, skin on chicken thighs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 medium apples, sliced

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a deep oven-proof skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs to the hot oil and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm.

  3. Add sliced onions to the skillet and saute until they just start to brown, about 3 minutes. Pour in apple cider and chicken stock, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Stir in thyme and salt. Simmer until the onions are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

  4. Add chicken back to the skillet and spoon some sauce over the top. Arrange sliced apples around the chicken. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove skillet from the oven and carefully uncover. Transfer chicken from the skillet to a plate and keep warm. Whisk heavy cream and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Stir gently into the sauce in the skillet. Place chicken back into the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.

  6. Return skillet to the oven and bake, uncovered, until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, and an instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 15 minutes more. Serve chicken and apples with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
24g Fat
23g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 383mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 296mg 6%

* 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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