Chicken Cider Stew

Chicken Cider Stew is a colorful fall stew with moist bites of chicken, sweet potatoes and carrots cooked in apple cider. The recipe makes up quickly and lucky thing, tastes good right away. It's a long-time favorite recipe, mine, yes, but also other Kitchen Parade readers. No wonder, it's hot, it's healthy, it's full of flavor. Better still? It's one of those one-pot quick supper recipes we all love so much. Enjoy!

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Chicken Cider Stew, another Quick Supper ♥, a colorful fall stew with sweet potatoes, carrots. Rave reviews. WW5.

"I absolutely love the Apple Cider Chicken Stew." ~ Amanda
"My husband ... loved it, and so did I!" ~ Kirsten
"I tried this over the weekend and it was excellent!" ~ Jenn
"Apple Cider Chicken Stew is DELISH!" ~ ColoradoCookie
"Excellent recipe and open to experimentation." ~ Phil
"OMG!!! That was great!!!! All full and happy." ~ Ann

Over the years, I’ve collected several recipes that feature sweet potato, the thick-skinned, orange-fleshed tuber so packed with Vitamins A and C that some nutritionists call them a “super food”.

Especially plentiful during the fall, sweet potatoes carry about a third fewer calories and carbohydrates than white potatoes. Even low-carb diets encourage sweet potatoes when others are a no-no.

If your experience with sweet potatoes is limited to sweet concoctions topped with marshmallow, try these simple recipes and be treated to rich flavor unadulterated by added sugar. I could make a meal out of either one!


Cook peeled sweet potatoes in boiling water until soft. Drain the water, then mash until smooth. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Top with a touch of butter.


Peel sweet potatoes and slice cross-wise about 1/3” thick. Spray or lightly brush both sides with olive oil, then arrange in single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt or parmesan cheese and bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until edges become crispy and centers soft.
ALANNA's TIPS I some times skip the bacon but do nearly always use bacon fat to cook the onion, celery and chicken. Chicken breasts are convenient but expensive. For a more frugal (and dare I say, flavorful?) dish, choose chicken thighs. Packages of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are quite inexpensive but I always remove the skins. No apple cider? No problem! Substitute 2 cups apple juice for the 2 cups apple cider. But for the needed astringency, near the end of the cooking time, stir in a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar. For a gluten-free version, omit the flour and use an immersion blender to blend a small portion of the liquid and sweet potato/carrot mixture. Ready to play around? Add tomatillos, even chopped fresh tomato and poblano chili. (A surprise shortcut? Pico de gallo!) In the fall, this is my go-to dish to take to families when someone's ill or has lost a family member. It's easy to throw together, it keeps. Most important, it's familiar, it's comforting, everyone loves it.


Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total preparation time: 50 minutes
Makes 8 cups
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 rib celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups apple cider (see TIPS)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (or savory), crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Cook bacon until crisp over medium heat in a large, heavy Dutch oven or braising dish. Remove bacon, chop and set aside.

Drain fat from pan, leaving only what coats the surface. Add onions, celery and chicken and sauté, stirring regularly, until onions are golden and chicken is cooked through.

Add carrots, sweet potatoes and apple and let cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add apple cider, water, ketchup, salt, savory, basil and pepper. Let simmer over low-medium heat about 20 minutes until carrots and sweet potatoes are cooked.

Put flour in small dish and slowly add 1/2 cup hot liquid from the stew to make a smooth paste. Stir into hot stew and cook another five minutes. Sprinkle with the cooked bacon.

SERVING SUGGESTION Serve with rice cooked in half water, half apple cider, which adds a sweet, almost nutty flavor to the rice that complements the stew beautifully. That said, this stew is substantial on its own and really doesn't require a starch.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup 225 Calories; 2g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 29g Carb; 3g Fiber; 629mg Sodium; 51mg Cholesterol; 22g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 4 & WW PointsPlus 5

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I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your web page. I absolutely love the Apple Cider Chicken Stew. It's one of my lunch staples.
The weather turned to Fall and I got ginormous sweet potatoes in the CSA share, so my thoughts immediately turned to this stew! My husband was deployed when I tried it last year so he got to try it for the first time last night. He loved it, and so did I! The folks are in Turkey, cruising around the Black Sea, so there is a container in my freezer for them when they return (it may thaw as mush, but then we'll call it soup).

I couldn't find savory in the store, so I substituted Herbs de Provence for the herbs.

I tried this over the weekend and it was excellent! Thank you so much for this recipe. I used Herbs De Provence b/c I couldn't find Savory either and it tasted great!
I can't believe it's been 2 yrs since I posted this comment! Every year the weather turns cool, we get sweet potatoes in the farm share, cider appears in the grocery stores, and I crave this stew.

Thanks Alanna! 4th year of Chicken Cider Stew and I'm still going strong.
Apple Cider Chicken Stew is DELISH! I thought I had all the ingredients in the pantry- alas, the apple juice/cider was gone. I subbed a tub of apple sauce (1/2 cup)and added more water. The stew was a hit with the family.
Is there a substitute herb you can use for savory? Would rosemary work?
My goodness, this looks delicous!!! Perfect for a cold winter dinner!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!
l x z ~ Thyme, marjoram and sage are the substitutes for savory. Great question, since savory isn't exactly a staple herb.
Thanks for the quick response. I've never seen savory in this part of the world (South East Asia) but the others, yes.
Excellent recipe and open to experimentation. Went down very well when I served it for lunch today.
Do you think this would work cooking it all int he crockpot? :)
Melanie ~ Aii, I am such a total crockpot drop-out.

Here’s why: I find that in a slow cooker, flavors and textures get all muddled, everything tastes the same instead of creating bursts of individual flavors in the same bite. For this particular recipe, the cooking time is quite short too, just 25 minutes. So maybe use that stove-top time to set the table, cook some rice, even, you know, pour yourself a glass of wine?

Thanks for asking, it is such a favorite recipe, I really should try it in the crockpot, just to see. :-)
OMG!!! That was great!!!! All full and happy. Thanks so much.
Was wondering two things.
1) If using chicken thighs, would you use the same amount as the breasts-1 1/2 lb? Or a certain quantity?
2) I'm thing that perhaps I might want to brown the thighs first, take them out and then sautée the vegetables and then put the chicken back in and proceed with rest of recipe.
Any thoughts on this method?
I made it last night -- good! But I didn't have rice - so put over whole wheat pasta....would've been better over rice!
Ann ~ So glad you liked it, me too! Definite winner!

Sunny ~ Ah, good question. By the time you take off skins/bones, I’d go for almost lbs of chicken thighs to yield the equivalent amount of meat. Or if you like, allow one per serving, the guys will eat two! And yes, I’d brown the thighs if they’re bone-in, though with boneless thighs, I just cut up the meat and toss it in with the onions/etc. I’ve made this recipe so often (and have learned how forgiving it is) that I usually just wing it. The essentials are some sort of meat (this week I intend to try it with beef!) and apple cider plus the ketchup (for a little acidity) and the apple/sweet potato/carrot combination (although butternut squash would work too instead of sweet potatoes).

Pat ~ Yay, another fan! Another idea, I served this last week with grits, they were excellent!

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