Chicken with Granny Smith Apples Recipe

Granny smith apple is the star of this rustic and delicious Classic French dish.

You will love the crunch and tang of granny smith apples, and the great pairing with chicken! Be sure to use (green) granny smith apples, as their crisp texture will stand up to the sauteing, and their tang will add a wonderful layer of flavor in the finished dish.

Hard cider is a widely popular French drink:

it gives the dish its originality and is easy to find in better markets and grocery stores. Hard cider is a fermented and carbonated drink made from apples (sometimes with pears, but most often with apples), and has a light alcoholic content, on average about 5-6 degrees, like beer. You are in for a treat, so please don not forgo the cider or the liqueur.

Straight from my latest cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or Sucanat
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 leeks, sliced
  • 8 serving pieces chicken—16 pieces total: legs, thigh, half breasts, skins on
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 bottle hard cider
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Calvados, applejack, or slivovitz


Heat the oil in a heavy, wide-bottom pot. Add the apples and sauté until golden. Add the sugar and lemon peel, and cook 2 more minutes until caramelized. Remove the mixture and set aside. Place the leeks, chicken, turmeric, cider and cinnamon in the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and cook covered for 1 hour. Add the reserved apples, ground pepper and Calvados, and cook a few minutes more until just heated through. Transfer the chicken and apples to a platter and check the sauce. If it is too thin, reduce on a high flame 2 to 3 minutes until syrupy. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve hot, with rice, puréed vegetables, or noodles on the side. Makes 8 servings.

7 replies
    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      yocheved You will see at our local market what brands they have. I don’t like to list brand names as my readers live literally all over the world, and all it would do is cause confusion.

  1. rahel baum
    rahel baum says:

    What’s hard cider? Is it alcoholic? Can I use something else instead of the alcohol you suggest as I don’t have either of those? Thanks

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Rahel Many people are asking your question, which prompts me to add a description right on my post. It will be on in just a few minutes

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