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Best Apple Cider Glazed Chicken


The best apple cider glazed chicken and results in a chicken with crisp, almost caramelised skin, and tender, juicy meat. It’s ALL about the glaze.

Making a glaze couldn’t be easier. Simply combine all your ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer until thickened slightly. Here, we’re using apple cider, but any fruit juice works! We add a little brown sugar to help caramelize the chicken skin, plus thyme and rosemary for some earthy complexity. Keep basting the bird as frequently as you can for a glossy, crisp bird that is sure to wow your guests.

Serves: servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 7 hours 20 mins

Honey Crisp apples, sliced

red onion, cut in to 1″ thick slices

For apple cider marinade

1 (12-oz) bottle hard apple cider

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

For apple cider glaze

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1tsp. chopped rosemary, plus 1 sprig for stuffing chicken
  1. In a zip top bag marinate the bird for 4-6 hours in the hard cider and olive oil.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and reduce liquid for 5 to 7 minutes, until thickened slightly.
  4. Remove the bird from marinade and pat the skin dry. Prep the bird by removing anything from the cavity, rub the skin with  melted butter, and season with salt and pper. Stuff cavity with a couple slices of apple and fresh rosemary. Brush on some of the glaze and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, then baste with more glaze. Continue to baste every 15 minutes with the cider glaze and the pan juices. If the skin is cooking too fast, tent it loosely with foil. Continue cooking for about 50-60 more minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the bird reads 165º.
  5. To serve with roasted apples and red onions: toss remaining apples and red onions in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add to baking sheet with chicken when 40 minutes of cook time remain, and roast until tender. Serve chicken with roasted apples and onions.