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Better than Cracker Barrel Apple Cider BBQ Chicken

So…. all good things come to end, right?


My husband and I were at Cracker Barrel a couple weeks ago and we discovered…. TO MY HORROR… that they had discontinued their Apple Cider BBQ Chicken! SAY WHAT?!

Well… when a restaurant discontinues my favorites I do not rest until I have figured out how to make something equally delicious at home. So that’s what we did. After tweaking and mashing a few recipes together, this is what I came up with. BETTER than Cracker Barrel Apple Cider BBQ Chicken.

Better than Cracker Barrel Apple Cider BBQ Chicken

Rebecca Pruett
Cracker Barrel discontinued their Apple Cider BBQ Chicken…. this kicks it up several notches with a thicker, heartier chutney and more flavorful seasoning!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


Chicken Breasts

  • 3 Chicken breasts (halved and tenderized-Makes 6)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smokey Mesquite Seasoning

Apple Cranberry BBQ Chutney Sauce

  • 1 or 2 Medium Gala Apples (diced)
  • 1/8 Cup Sweetened Dried Cranberries
  • 3/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 TBS Flour
  • 2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder


  • Coat a frying pan with oil and heat on medium heat.
  • Lightly salt and pepper each side of your chicken breasts, then sprinkle Smokey Mesquite seasoning on each one.
  • Place each chicken breast in the pan and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until internal temp is 165 degrees or higher.
  • While chicken is frying, place apple cider in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Whisk in flour.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until it boils and thickens slightly.
  • Throw in the diced apples and dried cranberries. (Alternatively, you can saute these with the chicken! It just depends on whether you want soft warm cooked apples, or a fresh crunch! I prefer cooked, my husband prefers crisp and fresh!)
  • Place chicken on individual plates and pour sauce over each chicken breast! Pairs well with biscuits and homestyle Mac & Cheese! ENJOY!
Keyword Apple Chicken, Apple Cider BBQ Chicken, Apple Cranberry BBQ Sauce, Chicken, Chutney, Cracker Barrel, Cranberry Chicken

One Comment

  • Gina

    5 stars
    Had to come on here and say this was soooo good. This is my favorite thing to get at CB..this was so good and full of flavor..my picky family went crazy and wr all fought for the last extra piece.. great recipe, a definite keeper! Thank you!

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