Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple …

The other night I really wanted to make a meal that would make my husband happy and one that would also not be to tedious in the kitchen. When I came across this recipe I knew it would be a smash hit for both of us.  It combines so many of my hubbies favorites, namely bacon and BBQ sauce :) and it was SO simple to make! I was amazed at how quickly it threw together!  He raved about how great it was and how tender the chicken was.  The bacon really helps to make this chicken perfect!

I found this recipe at Money Saving Mom and adapted it slightly to my liking. This was a “wow” slow cooker meal.  The combo of apple, BBQ and bacon makes this chicken so moist and fantastic.  I made this for dinner and my husband devoured it.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Apple Chicken
 
A definite hit with the whole family! Such and amazing flavor combo!
Recipe type: Entrée
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, I LOVE Sweet Baby Rays
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice, fresh or from a bottle
  • 5 small apples, peeled and chopped, I used gala
  • 8 slices bacon
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and peeled/chopped apples.
  2. Wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon and place in a greased slow cooker.
  3. Pour BBQ-apple mixture over chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is done.

Enjoy!
(recipe adapted from: Money Saving Mom)

 


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  1. Tara

    My husband is so excited about having this for dinner tonight! I honestly can’t remember the last time he was excited about what I was making for dinner. We both can’t wait to try it and I will let you know what we think of it. We used the Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce. One question I have is: Could you double this recipe and get the same result? It would be two layers in the crock pot and I was wondering what you thought about that. I’m obviously a novice in the kitchen so I really have no clue about these things! Thanks.

  2. Lisa

    I made this yesterday and it was soooo delicious! I found you randomly on Pinterest yesterday and am in love with your blog! I LOVE FOOD! I LOVE RECIPES! I think I will try all of yours :) I’m sooo excited to have found you!

  3. This looks great! I have what might be a silly question though …are the bacon strips cooked first or wrapped around the chicken raw?
    Let me know (I’m more of a baker than a cook!)

  4. I just saw this pass on pintrest and just had to come and take a closer look! I’ve just been making a slowcooker chicken dish myself for the first time tonight and loved it but your combo with the apple and the bacon sounds ever better! Saving that for next time!

  5. Crystal Petersen

    Made this for dinner tonight and all I can say is it is BEYOND Amazing!! Thank you for sharing this amazing Dish!!

  6. Tien

    How did you get the lovely crispy, golden coloring seen in the photo? Mine are currently in the slow cooker nearing the end of their 6-8 hour stint and they’re still very light since they’ve been submerged in the apple juice that was created by the apples. I’m sure it will still taste fabulous, but I was just wondering if you might have finished them off in the oven afterwards? Also, I had to baste a lot of the apple juice out toward the end because there was just WAY too much! Is this normal?

    • Dawn

      I had the same results and had to take off most of the bacon because it didn’t crisp up. My chicken was swiming in juices….

    • Irene

      I saw that you cooked this in the oven. I don’t have a slow cooker. Curious how you prepared it and cooked it, Covered,uncovered,temp etc…thanks

  7. Andrea

    This recipe was easy and delicious! I took some of the sauce out of the slow cooker when it was done, added some cornstarch/cold water, boiled it on the stove to thicken it and used it as a sauce/dip when serving the chicken.

    The chicken is so tender when done that I’ve also shredded the chicken and bacon when done, thickened the sauce, put it on a bun and made pulled-chcken sandwiches.

  8. Melissa

    What size crock pot would you recommend for this? They’d fit flat in an oval, but for small recipes like this, I’d usually use my round, I think it’s a 5 qt?

  9. Camille Daw

    I made this for my sister-in-law and friends last night. I used boneless skinless thighs and Kraft chipolte Honey BBQ sauce. I also added thin onion slices to the top then baked in a slow 325 degree oven until bacon was crisped and onions were caramelized – just to jazz it up, baked about 1 1/2 hours – delicious! thanks for posting the idea!

  10. Melissa Oliver

    Oh my gosh this was a hit! Super easy and everyone loved it. Love your site!! Saves me several times a week :)

  11. Courtney

    Hello I saw this recipe and it looks amazing! I have to ask though if you don’t have a slow cooker would an oven work?

    • Courtney, I’m just a fellow reader, so I am not sure if the oven would work or not. I just wanted to let you know that slow cookers are awesome and you should really ask Santa for one this year. There are so many awesome recipes online for slow cookers, that it makes like so much easier and definitely teases your taste buds!

  12. I don’t think I should be up at 4am reading this recipe. My mouth is watering and I am fresh out of apples. Now I will have to make a dash tot he store this morning in order to make this awesome looking recipe. With very few ingredients, simple recipe and one dish to clean (slow cooker), this has to be a winner in my book.

  13. Chantal

    Tried it last night. Just before everything else was ready I removed the chicken and attempted to crisp up the bacon in the oven. Worked a little bit. Chicken itself was amazing, sauce a little sweet. Hubby didn’t care for it?? Go figure!?

  14. Cindy

    I tryed the BBQ bacon wrapp apple chicken in my crock pot an it burned I follow every thing in the recipe I think the time is to much so I was very disapointed but I will try it again but with less time

  15. chloe

    I found this recipe through Pinterest and put it in the slow cooker this morning. I’m in the UK and used a BBQ marinade from the shop instead of BBQ sauce. It was so lovely my poor hubby has been ill and not eaten since yesterday morning but when he smelled this he begged me for some, I gave it to him in bed and he ate it all and asked for more! I made it with plain wedges! will be a regular meal in this house as it’s so quick and easy to throw together and tastes wonderful! going to have a nosey through the rest of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Brandi

    I’m not sure what exactly to say except that this did not turn out one bit like any of the positive comments. The chicken was so dry, you couldn’t even tell that there was bacon around it (even my husband who LOVES bacon was disappointed in the fact he couldn’t taste the bacon flavor) and the apple BBQ sauce was nothing but grease from the bacon, no hint of apple, and not edible.. So needless to say not a fave in our house…..

  17. Dana

    I’m about to attempt this tomorrow. Should the chicken be thawed or frozen when it goes into the crockpot? And do you think it would cook the same if I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon? Thanks!

  18. ZiaGirl

    This looks way better than it tasted. After all the time in the crock-pot, the flavors blended so much you couldn’t distinguish the taste of the bacon from the apples from the chicken. It looked really pretty and inspired me to make crock-pot applesauce, but I’m not keeping the recipe unless someone can tell me if I went wrong somewhere!

  19. Larry

    I have this in the crock pot now. No husband to make happy. Lol. Single guy that loves to cook. My 11 year old is already saying how good it smells.. Maybe someday I’ll cook for the right girl. Until then keep posting stuff like this cause there are alot of guys that like to cook!

  20. Corinne

    OH MAN! I saw this recipe on Pinterest this morning and instantly went to the store and plopped it in the crock pot. It was SO EASY and SO TENDER and it was A HUGE HIT :) thanks for sharing, my family already demanded I make it next week! I love easy and amazing crock pot recipes. Thank you for sharing :)

  21. rohan

    this looks amazing, cant wait to try it this week :) any recommended modifications to the recipe or as is?

  22. Oh my gosh, I just came across this recipe when it was included in the 50 bbq recipes list and it looks amazing! I included it in my Lovely Links post today on my blog. YUM!

  23. Andrea G.

    Made this today, exactly as the recipe states, even used Sweet Baby Ray’s (although that was a coincidence). Cooked it on low for about 6 hours and 15 minutes, although the chicken was a little over done, so next time I may check it after 5.5 hours or so. It was very yummy and so easy. I served it with baked potatoes and corn.

  24. Bea

    Incorporated a couple of tips from “Americas Test Kitchen”. Cook chicken only on low, and no more than 4 to 6 hours. I cooked for 4 on low and chicken was cooked through without being dry. Finish the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon. Worked for me!

  25. Lis

    After reading “America’s Test Kitchen” slow cooker book, I have two suggestions. A cook time of 4 to 6 hours is probably ideal for chicken (thawed, not frozen) but always double check the internal temp. I made the meal in the slow cooker ahead of time, refrigerated it, and then finished the chicken in the oven to crisp up the bacon. You can also brush on some extra sauce near the end if you like it extra saucy. Great results. Will try this again.

  26. Rebecca

    I want to make this but without the apples. Should I leave everything else the same or omit lemon juice since not using apples? Thank you!

  27. savannah

    I made this the other night,and I was super happy with the results. Yum! Just wanted to pop in and say thankyou!! Its definitely going on the meal rotation.

  28. Amanda

    Made this tonight and LOVED it!! Couple changes that I made: rubbed the chicken with paprika, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt, and garlic powder..only put one apple in the crockpot..added a 1/4 cup chopped onion..and used Sweet Baby Ray’s with some Famous Dave’s Devil Spit. Turned out wonderful!! Chicken and bacon were done around 6 hours.

  29. R. M. GARD

    Does the chicken have to be Breast meat ?? How about legs and thighs instead ?? Would that change the cooking time or temp ??? I have never cared for the white meat, myself and would much prefer the discriminated parts !!!! Probably a childhood leftover, when we only had chicken on Sandays, and kids got the less desirable cuts; but at least I don’t eat the guts that many folks relish so much !!!!!!

    • Chef in Training

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  30. Jo

    Fantastic! My five year old is super picky, and he gobbled it up. He then gobbled up the leftover chicken the next day for dinner. My 11 year old didn’t like it, but I should call him Mikey, cause he hates everything.
    I loved it too, especially with those apple chunks. Great combination! I served this with creamed corn, that went beautifully with the chicken.

  31. Taylor

    I made this and it is so amazing! Very, very , easy and my husband loves it, which deserves an extra star!

  32. Justin

    Barbecue sauce is loaded with corn syrup, then add brown sugar and the fructose in apple. This is not an entree, it’s a dessert. No wonder we have an epidemic of obesity and killer diabetes!

  33. Christine

    This recipe sounds delicious however in your ingredients list it doesnt say if the chicken has to be thawed or if it can be frozen? Im excited to make this tomorrow! Thanks

  34. Kristi

    In my slow cooker as we speak. My boyfriend is quite excited. I added some minced garlic to the sauce and added some diced green pepper and jalapenos to the top of the chicken before I put the sauce on top. I only added those because my boyfriend likes them. I’m excited for supper.