Apple Butter Baked Chicken Recipe: A Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner by Donna John

Apple Butter Baked Chicken Recipe: A Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner

This chicken recipe should be called I Cleaned Out My Refrigerator Chicken – because that's what happened. After cleaning out my fridge, I found half a jar of (unexpired!) apple butter and decided to use it in a baked chicken recipe. This easy recipe is what I came up with. A chicken dinner winner for sure.

Apple butter may sound overly sweet, but it is surprisingly not. The combination of slightly sweet apple butter and warm spices creates a complex taste and a moist piece of chicken. Here's all you need to make this apple butter baked chicken recipe: bone-in chicken pieces, apple butter, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and fresh garlic. The spices are mixed with the apple butter and smeared under the skin and all over the outside of the chicken. Bake for about 40 minutes and dinner is ready to roll.

Serve this moist baked chicken for dinner with your favorite side dishes. I served mine with broccoli and a fresh salad with homemade salad dressing.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes (ovens vary)
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • You can do a whole chicken instead of pieces. Use a whole 3- to 4-pound chicken and double the remaining ingredients. Proceed with recipe as directed and bake for about 1 hour or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.
  • Add chopped fresh herbs to the apple butter mixture for a little freshness.
  • Lining the baking pan with foil reduces cleanup time.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the apple butter, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Put the chicken into a baking dish lined with aluminum foil (for easier cleanup). Season with salt and pepper. Gently use your fingers to release the skin from the meat without tearing it. Coat under the chicken skin and on top of the skin on both sides.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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Isn't it amazing what you can find when you clean out your refrigerator? I love apple butter, too...
Elisa Schmitz
I love your creativity in the kitchen, Donna John . You've gotta use what you've got and this recipe looks amazing! #yum

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