Apple Butter Chicken

Three ingredients and your main dish is served! Spice up an ordinary chicken night with two simple ingredients in our baked Apple Butter Chicken. The sweet of the apple butter mixed with the smooth heat of the BBQ sauce is a fantastic fall-flavor you won’t want to miss!

Apple Butter Chicken on a plate with rice green beans

I always thought that apple butter was just apple-flavored butter. Boy was I wrong! Apple butter is pretty much a thicker, sweeter version of applesauce. We are feeling all things apple this autumn season. When time is your enemy this but you don’t want your cooking to suffer, whip this together in less than three minutes, bake, and its ready to go! If you are feeling ambitious, check out this website here on how you can actually make your own apple butter. She has a fantastic tutorial that is easy to follow and her results are great!

What is apple butter used for?

Apple butter is a super concentrated form of applesauce. It is cooked slow and long so that the sugar in the apples caramelize… they turn the sauce a rich, dark brown. It’s great on toast and muffins, or in marinades or dips. The smell is heavenly. Substitute apple butter in some of the holiday dishes you make that call for other fruit fillings.

Do you put BBQ sauce on chicken before or after baking?

Honestly, it all depends on the sauce. If the sauce is super high in sugar, you run the risk of scorching it with high heat temperatures of the oven. With this specific recipe, the BBQ sauce is mixed evenly with the apple butter so we don’t have any issues. We also bake it on the middle rack of the oven so everything cooks evenly.

Ingredients for apple butter chicken

Ingredients for our Apple Butter Chicken:

  • 2 lbs of chicken breast
  • 3/4 Cup of apple butter
  • 3/4 Cup of BBQ sauce

How to make out Apple Butter Chicken:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. While the oven is heating up, wash the chicken breast and pat dry.

For this specific recipe, the chicken need to be thawed, not frozen. Once the chicken is rinsed, set it aside.

Next, mix the apple butter and BBQ sauce together until completely combined. Place the chicken breast in a greased pie dish or small casserole pan.

Mixing apple butter and BBQ sauce together in a bowl

After that, pour about 90% of the sauce mix over top and fully coat the tops and sides of the chicken. (Reserve a little for dipping.)

Pouring apple butter bbq mixture over chicken
Spreading sauce mixture over chicken for Apple butter chicken

Last, place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. When fully cooked, the chicken juices should be clear when cut into.

Serve with your favorite side, or like us, with our Bacon Broccoli Salad!

Chicken is always our trusty go-to protein. It’s proven time and time again to make everyone in the family happy and we love it because it is so dang versatile! With just two simple ingredients, we made a common staple have a little bit of a fall-twist. In addition to it being incredibly simple to make, we love that we can enjoy it year round.

Yield: serves 4

Apple Butter Chicken

Apple Butter Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 3/4 Cup apple butter
  • 3/4 Cup BBQ sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix BBQ sauce and apple butter together.
  3. Place chicken in a greased pie dish and cover in sauce mixture, reserving about 1/4 cup for later
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, at which point the juices will run clear when the chicken is cut into.
  5. Serve and Enjoy! *Remaining sauce can be used for dipping.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 557Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 720mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 71g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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