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I told you a couple of weeks ago that things have been pretty busy around here. Well they are still busy. And I am coming to terms with the fact that life will always be busy. So I absolutely love when I find a fantastic meal that is ready within 30 minutes or less. And let me tell you. This is one of the best chicken recipes that we have had! Don’t let the cider make you think it is too sweet either. The dijon gives it the perfect balance creating an amazing glaze!Cider glazed chicken on a white plate with rice and green garnish.The flavor of this chicken was out of this world. It is light but still packed with flavor. And the chicken was cooked to tender and juicy perfection. This is a high quality meal with minimal ingredients that tastes fantastic! I had it ready in about 20 minutes. And do you want to hear another short cut that I take when I am trying to get ready for dinner in a hurry? Uncle Ben’s rice pouches that are ready in the microwave in 90 seconds. And then I cook some steam fresh veggies in the microwave. Bringing my family an amazing restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes. The flavorful cider glaze over the chicken,  chicken that is tender and packed with flavor, and served with some quick and easy sides. This will be a meal that we make again and again at our house!

Cider glazed chicken simmering in a pan with green garnish.


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Cider Glazed Chicken

By: Alyssa Rivers
A quick and easy meal that is ready in about 20 minutes! The chicken is packed with flavor and the cider glaze is amazing!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings



  • In a large and heavy skillet melt 1 T of butter over medium high heat. Sprinkle each side of the chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side until completely cooked throughout and no longer pink.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Add cider and dijon mustard to pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes until it turns into a syrup.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan and coat each side well in the cider glaze. Add the chopped pecans on the top and serve. Garnish with freshly chopped flat leaf parsley.


Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 36gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 561mgPotassium: 359mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Hi

    Is this skin-on or boneless chicken. Also, if using chicken thighs do I cook the same amount of time as the breast meat or cook it a little longer.

  2. I am crazy and thought this recipe called for apple cider VINEGAR. Yes, yes I did. So I made it that way and kept thinking as I was tasting the vinegar “syrup,” “This lady is crazy!” ha! I added agave nectar and a little chicken stock to even things out and then it was quite good. (I just noticed I was wrong this morning as this was the first thing I saw on my computer.) I posted this just as an FYI to your other readers- you can get away with apple cider vinegar but you will need to add a little sweetener. I can’t wait to try it as the recipe is written. Thanks for sharing!

  3. OMG can’t wait to try this! I love that it has apple cider in it. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, pinning Alyssa!