Spiced Rubbed Baked Chicken With Apples (A Fall Recipe)

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This is a great dish for Fall (or anytime). We love it round our home it!

Spice Rubbed Baked Chicken With Apples

Per Serving 442 calories

Fat 28 g

Carbs 20 g

Protein 29 g


Spice Rubbed Baked Chicken With Apples

The dish really has a nice brown color when it is done. Adding the apple juice and covering with foil for the first 40 minutes helps retain the juices and makes it really juicy. Poking the chicken with holes before adding the seasoning is a way my mom ensures that some of the spices goes further into the chicken.


  • 2 1bs Chicken legs (about 3 legs)
  • 1 green cooking apple cored and sliced
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 TBSP paprika
  • 1/ TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Dash of crushed thyme leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a baking dish with butter or oil.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Mix honey, chili powder, paprika, ground cinnamon, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.
  5. Poke holes in each chicken leg and rub the mixture unto the chicken making sure that all areas of the chicken are covered with spice rub. Save the bowl for later - do not rinse.
  6. Place spiced rubbed chicken in the baking dish.
  7. Place the apple slices around the chicken.
  8. Pour a 1/4 cup apple juice in the same bowl that you mixed the spice rub in.
  9. Stir with a spoon to get the remnants of the mixture mixed in with the apple juice.
  10. Pour evenly over the chicken and apples.
  11. Sprinkle with a dash of thyme leaves.
  12. Cover with foil (poked with holes so some air can flow through) and bake 40 minutes.
  13. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  14. Serve with your favorite sides!


Further notes: Hubby claims that he always enjoys this kind of chicken and it is just so juicy!

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When the chicken is done, it really has a nice color. Well, I like my chicken this color:)

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  1. 1

    Chicken with apples sounds delicious! ‘Tis the season for apples too!

  2. 3

    It’s apple season! Yes! Your chicken with apples looks amazing, Zan! My family would love this! Pinning! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. 5

    That chicken looks tasty! I am going to make these soon! Happy Fall!

  4. 7

    That looks delicious! My husband would love that chicken – thanks for the recipe!!

  5. 8

    My hubby loves it too! So juicy and delish!

  6. 9

    Zan, this sounds delicious! I’ve used apples in pork but not chicken. Pinning and putting on the Fall menu! Love the new look to your blog!

  7. 10

    Oh, try it Shirley – it is way too yummy..Even my toddler who like to pick and choose like it!

  8. 11

    Looks and sound wonderful… a tasty Fall meal. thanks for sharing. PINNED! :)

    Life With Lorelai

  9. 13

    With apple picking season just about here, this is perfect! My oldest son likes anything made with apples, so I will have to try this! So glad you linked it up with us at Foodie Fridays!

  10. 15

    Zan this looks amazing!!! My boys love apples so I’m sure they would devour this chicken! Will be making soon!
    Thank you so much for linking up to Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays! I’ll be pinning this on my personal chicken board as well as the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board

  11. 17

    Perfect for this time of year! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  12. 18

    Hope you enjoy it like we do!

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