“A Taste of Woodloch”: Cider Braised Chicken

As the days begin to cool and transition into the Autumn season, it’s the perfect time to share a warm, comforting meal with the people you love.

Chef George, from our Woodloch Pines kitchen, has created a harvest menu that highlights the flavors of fall with ingredients that are in season. From our kitchen to yours, we invite you to create these recipes and enjoy them gathered around the table with your family!


4 slices bacon, chopped
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds total)
2 medium tart red apples, cored and cut into wedges
1 12 – ounce bottle hard cider
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 ounces fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large (2 cups)


1. In a very large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan, reserving drippings in skillet. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook 10 minutes or until browned, turning once; remove from skillet. Add apples to the skillet and cook 4 minutes or until browned on both sides; remove from skillet. Drain and discard drippings from skillet.

2. Add cider, thyme, mustard, and salt to skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add apples and cook, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is done (at least 175 degrees F).

3. To serve, divide chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, and apples among shallow bowls or plates. Spoon cider mixture over top. Sprinkle each serving with bacon.

We would love to see your Taste of Woodloch creations. When you make one of these dishes, take a photo and tag us on social media with the hashtag #ATasteOfWoodloch.