Creamy Cider Chicken

A creamy cider chicken dish made with diced chicken breasts and smoked bacon, in a creamy mustard and cider sauce.

Creamy cider chicken over head shot

What a revelation this simple dinner was!

For such an easy meal, it packs a punch in flavour, largely down to the cider sauce. I find using cider in savoury dishes a bit like using wine, some vinegar and a pinch of sugar all at the same time!

It gives dishes, especially meat dishes, a wonderful richness, that you just can't get when using wine alone. Add cream to the mix too and....well, that takes it to the next level of deliciousness.

Living in the glorious South West where cider is most definitely king, I admit to having sampled many varieties in my 37 years, including the 'rough stuff' down at the beach in my under age youth (anyone remember White Lightening?).

The cider I used in this recipe though, is of much greater quality, you'll be pleased to hear!

Cornish Orchards Cider

What to serve with creamy cider chicken?

This creamy cider chicken is the perfect dish for when you need something comforting and warming, but not too heavy.

I served it with some plain boiled rice, but mashed potato, or even roast sweet potato, would be a good accompaniment.

You could up the veggies by adding some green beans and peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking, or just serve some vegetables alongside.

It goes without saying it must be enjoyed with a lightly chilled glass of cider.

Creamy Cider Chicken

Can you freeze the recipe?

Yes! The creamy cider chicken can be frozen. Why not make a double batch, and freeze half for another day!

Can I make it in the slow cooker?

The recipe could easily be adapted for a slow cooker or crockpot. I suggest reducing the amount of cider to 300ml. 

You may find you need to thicken the sauce at the end of cooking. You can do this with cornflour or thickening granules.

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How do I make the recipe?

Read on for full instructions and ingredients list.

Creamy Cider Chicken, Cider Chicken
Yield: 6
Author: Beth Sachs
Creamy Cider Chicken

Creamy Cider Chicken

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 40 MTotal time: 50 M
A creamy cider chicken dish made with diced chicken breasts and smoked bacon, in a creamy mustard and cider sauce.


  • 6 Chicken Breasts, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 Smoked Bacon Rashers, chopped
  • 400ml Cider
  • 1 Chicken Stock Pot
  • 200ml Double Cream
  • 1 TBSP Wholegrain Mustard
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • Parsley to garnish


  1. In a large casserole fry the chicken pieces in a little oil until brown. Spoon onto a plate then fry the onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Add the bacon and fry for a few more minutes then pour in the cider and stir through the chicken stockpot and put the chicken back in. Put a lid on the casserole and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Take the lid off and add the cream, mustard and parmesan, give it a stir and cook for 10 more minutes.
  4. Serve with rice and a sprinkling of parsley.
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  1. That does sound lovely. I do like the look of that creamy Cornish cider ;)

  2. This sounds very tasty. Would love to try this recipe.

  3. This looks like a delicious, hearty meal and just in time for the colder weather too!

  4. Oh wow! This looks and sounds amazing. Perfect for an autumnal evening! Popping over from #recipeoftheweek x

  5. Sounds and looks very delicious. Definitely going to be trying this recipe out!

  6. Wow! Looks like such a good dish! Would any leftovers keep well in the freezer?

    1. Yes it would freeze fine...I've got a tupperware container full of it in my freezer

  7. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Definitely will be giving this a try

  8. This recipe looks fabulous, and I love the addition of cider! The ultimate warming dinner perfect on a chilly night. Great photography too!

    1. Thanks Monika - it's a lovely meal and is so easy too!

  9. Greetings from the US! Mwah I ask, what is a chicken stock pot? I assume it's chicken stock, but what quantity?

    1. Hi Melissa. We get little stock pots like these - not sure if there is an equivalent in US. I don't add water to it as the cream is enough liquid.

  10. I am making this tonight and it smells delicious so far.....

  11. I made this last night, swapped the cream for low fat Creme fraiche and it was delicious a definite favourite in my house.