Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Apples

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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These Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Apples are the perfect mix of sweet and savory — an easy but elegant dinner recipe for Sunday dinner or a busy weeknight!

white crockpot with chicken thighs and apples and thyme sprigs

By now you’ve heard me jumping for joy about Apple Month — a time where we can celebrate munching on fresh, nutritious Canadian apples while we’re buried under a blanket of snow — all over this blog and social media (and if you missed my Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Pudding Cake, well — you don’t want to!), and I’m here with an easy, slow cooker dinner recipe featuring the star of the show.

apples on dark wooden background

I know you know that I am a big believer in mixing sweet with my savory (these Pineapple Glazed Carrots are one of my recent favourites!), and I think fruit is the best way to jazz up your dinner table.

chicken thighs with cooked apples on a bed of mashed potatoes on grey plate

It can add such an unexpected burst of flavour and really make a dish extra special. These chicken thighs are elegant enough for an easy Sunday dinner but simple enough for a crazy weeknight — pair them with potatoes, rice or a salad for a hearty, healthy meal! We love the sauce drizzled over mashed potatoes — it’s like chicken gravy with a subtle sweetness!

overhead image of chicken thighs apples and mashed potatoes on a grey plate

*This post is sponsored by BC Tree Fruits and I was compensated for my time in creating the recipe — all opinions are, as always, my own. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Apples

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These Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Apples are the perfect mix of sweet and savory — an easy but elegant dinner recipe for Sunday dinner or a busy weeknight!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 251cal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup pure unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 springs fresh thyme or add ½ teaspoon dried to the liquid
  • 2 Gala apples peeled and sliced thick


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs and cook 1-2 minutes just until browned (*this step is completely optional — you can just add to the slow cooker if you desire)
  • Meanwhile, lightly grease a 2.5-4 quart slow cooker and add onion to the bottom. Place browned chicken thighs on top of onion.
  • In a medium bowl, combine broth, juice, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard, and corn starch until smooth. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
  • Top with sliced apples and thyme sprigs, cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-5 hours, until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles if desired.


*NOTE: Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, type and brand of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 251cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g

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  1. Kate P says

    I love this recipe! I do add a little more liquid ingredients. This recipe is a hit every time! Even my picky husband loves it and asks for it often. Thank you!

  2. Betty Greeley says

    Why don’t you give all of the nutrition facts? They are all very important to a lot of people. I would love to be able to make this if I had all the facts and they are what I am allowed.

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Hooray for apple month! You’ve made some delicious apple recipes, Ashley! This slow cooker chicken is no exception. I love that you paired it with apples, such a delicious blend of sweet and savory! I bet your house smelled amazing when this was cooking!

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