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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