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Crockpot Bacon Chicken and Apples

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Try this easy and delicious hearty recipe for Crockpot Bacon Chicken and Apples that cooks all day in your slow cooker.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, cored and thickly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Preparation:

Cook bacon until crisp in large skillet; remove bacon to drain on paper towel; crumble and set aside in refrigerator. Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet. Add butter and heat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.

In small bowl, combine apple juice, apple cider vinegar, marjoram, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir into onion mixture. Place in 4-quart slow cooker.

Top with chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours until chicken is almost cooked. Add apples and cook 40-50 minutes longer on low until apples are tender and chicken is thoroughly cooked to 160 degrees F.

Mix together broth and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir into the liquid in crockpot along with bacon. Cover and cook on high heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and bubbly, 10-15 minutes. Serve with some hot cooked brown rice.

If you have a new hot crockpot, check the chicken after 4 hours on low. If the sauce doesn't get thick enough, just add more cornstarch mixed with chicken broth or apple juice.

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