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Cider Braised Chicken

  • Author: Jessi's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2.5lbs Chicken drumsticks
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 cups hard apple cider


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Pat the drumsticks dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the chicken in the hot skillet and brown the skin. Approximately 2-3 minutes a side and then take the chicken out of the pan and place on a plate.
  5. Melt the butter in the skillet and add the fresh rosemary, garlic, carrots and oregano.
  6. Simmer the butter mixture for about 2 minutes and then add the cider.
  7. Bring the cider to a boil and add the drumsticks back in to the pan.
  8. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.


  • I prefer to use an alcoholic apple cider that is dry. Sometimes they are labeled that way or you can look for the one with the least amount of sugar.
  • If your chicken is not as crispy as you would like you can turn the oven on high broil for the last couple minutes of cooking.


  • Serving Size: 4

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