WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Chicken
I've got a healthy slow cooker chicken recipe for you today - Easy Cranberry Apple Chicken.
If you are a Weight Watcher, you can never have too many slow cooker chicken recipes, right?
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, simmered with apples, cranberries, and apple juice in the slow cooker until tender, this low fat one-pot wonder couldn't be easier, more delicious, or more perfect for this busy time of year.
I'm ashamed to admit that I first cooked up this dish last fall and then somehow managed to lose track of it until recently, when I was working to get my recipes organized.
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An instant hit last year, now that I've rediscovered this healthy slow cooker cranberry apple chicken, I can't wait to make it again.
Light, but satisfying and flavorful, this low calorie one-dish slow cooker cranberry apple chicken was an instant hit when I first made it last fall.
Delicious served with wild rice, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and your favorite green vegetable for a satisfying meal.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Slow Cooker Chicken?
According to my calculations each serving has 190 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you like this easy slow cooker recipe for gluten-free cranberry apple chicken, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki with Pineapple, Slow Cooker Cuban Citrus Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella, Crock Pot Turkey & Garlic and Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Herbes de Provence & Beer.
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Healthy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Chicken Recipe
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 5 ounces each)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 green apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider
- 1-½ tablespoons minute tapioca
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with cranberries and apples.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, apple juice and tapioca and pour over the chicken and fruit.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours, or until the chicken is tender.
Source: Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised & Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes For Your Slow Cooker
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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I am excited to try this recipe. I love cranberries and chicken. With sweet potatoes and green beans it will be like Thanksgiving!
Thanks Julie! Hope you like it as much as we did!
How essential is the tapioca to this recipe? I have all the other ingredients on hand.
Hi Mandy, It's not essential but does serve to make the sauce thicker. You could always thicken at the end by adding a slurry of cornstarch and water if you preferred. Hope this helps!
Can I substitute another liquid instead of apple juice?
Hi Brooke, Sure. That's the great thing about cooking, you can substitute to make the recipes work for you and your tastes 🙂 Chicken or vegetables broth would be good choices. Hope this helps.
Made this for dinner today. 5 mins of prep before work, served up the most delicious meal when we got home. Served it with new potatoes, broccoli and fine beans. Couldn't source fresh or frozen cranberries so used dried instead, result = absolutely delicious dinner, the chicken was so succulent. A recipe I will most certainly be making again. Thank you for this recipe.
Hi Heather, glad you enjoyed it!!
Do you think this could be made in an electric pressure cooker? Sounds delicious but everything seems to burn in my slow cooker.
Hi Alyse, I haven't tried it in a pressure cooker, but I don't see why not. If you do try it, please let us know how it turns out!
Sally Murphey Morgan
Nutrition facts do not list sugars . What about the cranberries and brown sugar?
This is so good! I made it yesterday and everyone loved it! Thank you so much!!!
Thanks for taking the time to let us know. We really appreciate it 🙂
Just made this for dinner, sadly it is really bad. The only tast is the tart cranberries. The chicken is completely tasteless boiled chicken. I will never make this again 🙁
The recipe asks for tapioca. Do you mean the tapioca pudding mix?
The recipe calls for tapioca. Does this mean tapioca pudding mix? I want to make this tomorrow for dinner.
Hi Beverly, I use Kraft Minute Tapioca in the red, white and blue box. It's is granulated and without sugar and acts as a thickener. Hope this helps.
Made this last night and it was a hit! The only thing I had problems with is that the tapioca didn't thicken the sauce, so I ended up adding cornstarch to get it a little thicker. Next time I make it, i might heat the apple juice and add the tapioca to ensure it dissolves to get a nice sauce. Can't wait for the leftovers!
What is serving size portion? If I want to double recipe??
This is a firm favourite in our house. I can’t source fresh or frozen cranberries but found that dried (which are readily available locally) work just as well.
Made this for Sunday dinner. We loved it. Next time I will use a sweeter apple such as a fugi. This was a little too tart for us as I used unsweetened frozen cranberries. 2nd day, the sauce was much thicker & delish!
Husband Loved It!
Served with rice . yum
A question: can I use dried cranberries or "Craisins" for this recipe? I find fresh cranberries to be too tart.
Can I use dried cranberries or "Craisins" instead of fresh cranberries? I find fresh cranberries too tart.
Hi Karen, I haven't made this with dried cranberries, but think they would work well. ~Martha
Could I use chicken breast tenderloins instead of breast halves?
Yes, Megan you can use chicken breast tenderloins. Because they are smaller they will cook more quickly. ~Martha