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Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken with Apple Slaw

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Tender, fall-apart chicken with a mildly sweet apple flavor. Served on hearty buns and topped with a bright, crisp and tangy apple slaw. The perfect weeknight meal for busy families!

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken with Apple Slaw


  • For the chicken:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • ½ onion, sliced thinly
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons good dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • For the slaw:
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 3 cups napa cabbage, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup green onion, dark green part only
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 crisp apples, cut into matchstick sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. For the chicken:
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Sauté apples and onion until onion is translucent and apples get some color.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine apple cider, garlic powder, onion powder, dijon, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Whisk.
  4. Place apples and onions in the slow cooker and top with chicken breasts. Pour sauce over the chicken and apples.
  5. Cook on high for 4-6 hours. When cooked, shred chicken and serve on hearty buns with apple slaw.
  6. For the slaw:
  7. In a large bowl, combine both cabbages, green onion, cranberries, apples and cilantro.
  8. In a smaller bowl, add apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk together.
  9. Pour dressing over the slaw and toss to combine. Enjoy!

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*For added flavor, toss a few Tablespoons of blue cheese into the slaw. For creamy slaw, add a few Tablespoons of mayonnaise.*

Kid cooking tip! Knife cuts are important in this recipe! For an easy way to cut apples into matchstick-sized pieces, try laying a slice of apple flat, then cut long, thin, straight pieces.

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