Slow Cooker Sunday: Apple cider pulled chicken (plus 2 leftovers ideas)

Oct 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET

If you're anything like me, you're looking for any and all ways to use apple cider right about now. I don't know why it's so hard to find during the rest of the year considering apples are always available, but I'll happily fit 12 months of consumption into two if needed.

In this easy slow cooker base recipe, chicken breasts are cooked on low heat with a mixture of apples, onions and apple cider. The result is a sweet, shredded chicken base that's full of fall flavor.

Apple cider pulled chicken recipe

Chicken breasts are cooked in the slow cooker with apple cider, apples and onions for an easy fall base recipe you can use in a variety of dishes.

Serves 6

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 6 hours | Total time: 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider


  1. Place the sliced apples and onions into the base of a slow cooker.
  2. Lay the chicken on top of the apples and onions. Season with poultry seasoning, dry mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the cider on top, and cook for 6 hours on low heat.
  4. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, shred it with 2 forks, return it to the slow cooker, and toss it with the juice mixture.

Apple cider pulled chicken sandwiches recipe

I heard the phrase "an apple without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze" last year for the first time, and while I've always loved snacking on apples and cheddar, ever since hearing that, I've been using the pairing more and more in savory and sweet dishes. This apple cider pulled chicken sandwich is the perfect excuse to pile on the cheddar. Sharp cheddar plus sweet apple chicken is pretty much the best fall lunch combination you can ask for.

Apple cider pulled chicken: two ways


  • Apple cider pulled chicken
  • Bread
  • Cheddar cheese


  1. Melt the cheddar cheese slices on the bread, and top with apple cider pulled chicken.

Apple cider pulled chicken lettuce wraps recipe

If you're looking for a lower-carb option, then lettuce wraps are another possibility with this sweet chicken. The yogurt-cider drizzle gives them a fun boost of cider flavor too.

Apple cider pulled chicken: two ways


  • Apple cider pulled chicken
  • Bibb lettuce
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider


  1. Spoon the apple cider pulled chicken into lettuce cups.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and apple cider, and drizzle it on top.

More apple cider recipes

Apple cider latkes
Gluten-free apple cider muffins
Apple cider recipes