Apple and Cabbage Oven Baked Chicken

Cabbage Apple Chicken

OMG, I did it!

I dared give you yet another chicken recipe.

Yes, again.

Told you I was on a major chicken kick…

But hey, let me ask you. Unless you’re a vegetarian, can you really have too many chicken recipes? Is there really such a thing?

Yeah, I thought not.

This one is actually sort of an old classic in this household. For some reason, though, I hadn’t had it in a very long time.

In fact, it was my first time making it myself. Some of you might remember that I haven’t been cooking for all that long, really.

The kitchen used to be my ex’s kingdom, and this chicken dish happened to be one of his very few healthy creations.

So I guess you could say I stole it from him.

I had every reason to, though. It’s just sooooo good!

And besides, I didn’t really steal it, for he never gave me the actual recipe. He NEVER did share recipes.

I had to recreate this one from “flavor memory”.

I think I did a fairly good job!

You might find that, again, this is a strange combination, but it’s in fact extremely palatable.

Cabbage Apple Chicken

Very delicate and mild in flavor, subtly sweet and slightly tangy, this is a dish that will undoubtebly please even the pickiest of eaters.

Cabbage Apple Chicken

The chicken gets unbelievably moist and tasty, for it infuses in the fragrant steam of the apples and cabbage as it cooks…


Hmmmm…. Now I’m thinking that, next time, I might want to throw a few pecans into the mix.

Cabbage Apple Chicken

And despite looking rather extensive to make, you will probably find that this dish comes together fairly easily… providing that you have a mandolin.

Cabbage Apple Chicken

For indeed, you do need to slice everything very, very thinly. Getting the job done with a knife alone might prove to be a tad… tedious!  But still, very well worth it.

You know what else I really, really like about this particular dish? You can actually prepare it the previous night and cook it the next day, or even the day after.

Just put in it the fridge after you’ve covered it with foil, and you’re all set.

Very convenient for those busy week nights!

Apple and Cabbage Oven Baked Chicken

Serves 2

Apple and Cabbage Oven Baked Chicken


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ small Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup all natural unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Thinly slice the onion and apples and shred the cabbage as finely as possible. The use of a mandolin is strongly recommended here.
  3. In an oven safe dish (mine was about 7" x 7") add about 1/3 of the shredded cabbage, followed by ½ the onion and ½ the apples.
  4. Continue layering by adding another 1/3 of the cabbage, the rest of the onions, the rest of the apple slices and finally, the rest of the cabbage. Set aside.
  5. Place your chicken breasts on top of the cabbage and add another sprig of rosemary, if desired.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, add apple juice, apple cidar vinegar, Dijon mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper and mix until well combined. Pour over chicken and cabbage mixture.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for about an hour, until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove the chicken breasts and slice them on a diagonal
  9. Divide cabbage/apple mixture between 2 serving plates and place sliced chicken breasts on top.
  10. Serve immediately.

Cabbage Apple Chicken

Cabbage Apple Chicken

Cabbage Apple Chicken

Cabbage Apple Chicken


  1. says

    There is no such thing as too many chicken recipes Sonia! Love this pairing of the chicken with the apple (although I have to get myself a new mandolin as the old one was useless and hence has been tossed out) I seem to have been eating chicken for the entire week already and yes tonight is another chicken dish on the menu (a filled one with ricotta and spinach inside baked in the oven…mmm)

  2. says

    ok, so i get a little backed up sometimes on my reader and have the pleasure of reading a lot of your posts all at once. may i ask you a few questions? who are you? how is it possible that your food looks so amazing? i am still a little scared to pursue the more challenging recipes. i am still a fan of the sun-dried tomato pasta:) and i am still one of you biggest “scared to try them” fans! thanks for your hard work and beautiful pictures. also, i haven’t cracked my egg yet!

    • says

      Hey Jac! It’s always so nice to see you here! Your visits never fail to put a huge smile on my face! You find my recipes look challenging, really? I try and keep them as simple as possible… I think that you should trust in yourself and try one or two. You might be very suprised at how great they turn out! 😉

      And for the record, I still haven’t cracked my egg either. It’s way too pretty… I would never dare!

      Oh, and thank you so much for all the amazing compliments. I am really flattered! You’re a true gem! :)

  3. says

    First time reader! Loving your site. I was on a search for a recipe that had apples in it, because I am overwhelmed with TONS of apples given to me by friends. Let’s see, this week, we’ve had apple crumble, apple pie, apples and sausage, apples with peanut butter as a snack, sooooo…still have many more to go! Anyway, I found myself here and I have it in the oven right now. I used thighs instead of breasts, and didn’t have any apple juice, so had to throw down the applesauce, lol!!! I also threw in a large, leftover sweet potato ’cause they’re so yummy. I will let you know how it goes, but I’m really looking forward to it – thanks for the recipe :)

    • says

      Oh, lucky! I think I’m gonna miss apple picking this year. Apple season came in way early and I’m not gonna be around for the next 10 days, so I won’t be able to go pick my own. Darn! I love making my own applesauce. You should definitely consider making that! :)

      As for the chicken dish, I really hope you like it! I had sort of forgotten about that one. Now that you brought it back to my memory, I might have to make it myself really soon! Love the addition of sweet potato too! I bet pumpkin would also be super amazing! Oh, gotta love fall and all its glorious flavors!

      • says

        I think I made almost double what the recipe called for, so I needed more sauce, which was really good, by the way. Love herbs, so I would probably sneak some more in next time. Got pretty good reviews around the household though :)

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