Cider Glazed Chicken Breasts are a delicious, easy gluten-free chicken dinner. If you’re looking for the perfect fall dinner, this might be it! Chicken breasts are sautéed then finished of with a Dijon mustard and apple cider glaze. Ready in under 20 minutes, this is a great seasonal chicken dinner, but nothing says you can’t make it year-round!
This is also a super healthy dish. It’s gluten free, low-carb and Whole30 compliant! For a Whole30 compliant dish, just substitute the butter for clarified butter or ghee. (As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)
Oh, so fast! This cider glazed chicken breast recipe from Cooking Light is amazing. The whole dish was ready in under twenty minutes, making it a perfect week-night meal, especially when you’re feeling particularly rushed.
Ingredients for cider glazed chicken
This recipe is great because it’s really just 4 ingredients.
Chicken breasts: Buying boneless, skinless cutlets, which are much thinner than a regular breasts, keeps the cooking time down. Depending on their thickness, they require just 2-4 minutes per side of cooking time.
Butter: I only use unsalted butter. It’s easier to control the amount of salt in a dish or recipe.
Dijon mustard: I am never without a jar of Dijon mustard in my fridge or panty. Dijon mustard is one of the ingredients of my Marinade for Grilled Vegetables, in nearly every Vinaigrette Dressing or as an integral part of the recipe for Rack of Pork with Green Peppercorn Sauce.
Apple Cider: This is another great fall staple! I love using a reduction of apple cider for this Apple Cake, Porc a la Normade, or this cozy Hot Apple Pie Cocktail.
Serve your cider glazed chicken breasts with Roasted Delicata Squash with Sage, Rice Pilaf, which also takes just over 20 minutes to make.
Looking for other chicken dishes that take less than 30 minutes to make? How about Instant Pot Orange Chicken or Apricot Ginger Chicken?
Cider Glazed Chicken Breasts
- 3 Tablespoons butter divided (may sub clarified or ghee for Whole30)
- 1 pound chicken breast cutlets about 1/2" thick, (about 4-5)
- 2/3 cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Melt one tablespoon butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side, or until done.
- Remove chicken from pan.
- Add cider and mustard to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits; cook 2-3 minutes or until syrupy.
- Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until smooth. Add chicken to pan, turning to coat both sides.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.
- Chicken thighs can be substituted for breasts.
- The thinner the cutlet, the quicker it cooks.
The Cider Glazed Chicken Breasts were delicious Cynthia! I made them the day you posted the recipe and everyone loved them. We ate them with small sweet potatoes and sautéed green beans. The dinner came together quickly just like you said. Yum!
So happy to hear Jelayne!
heather @french press says
most of my favorite meals come from cooking light – what a great resource, and I love this chicken
Danae @ Recipe Runner says
I bet that cider glaze makes this chicken so flavorful! Looks delicious!
Christina @ Christina's Cucina says
Another idea for a quick weeknight meal that’s delicious! Love this recipe, thanks, Cynthia!
I love using dijon on chicken! I’ll have to add the apple cider!
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog says
This looks so good! I’ve only used cider with pork but now I have to try your way 🙂
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
I love how you added flavor to chicken with the cider–cider is so great paired in savory dishes!
Ramona W says
This sounds like a fantastic glaze for chicken. Will have to try it soon. 🙂
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
Love how these are simply prepared, but I’m thinking it is really big on flavor! Perfect for pairing for so many things, too!
What a great fall recipe Cynthia – gotta try this with fresh apple cider! Lots of flavor with the dijon.
Heather Kinnaird says
this is one of my all time favorite fall meals! Such a delicious glaze for the chicken
Taylor Kiser says
This sounds like a great dinner! I can’t wait to try!
Taylor Kiser says
Love how quick and easy these cider glazed chicken breasts are to make! Perfect dinner for busy weeknights!
Yes, I love anything that’s easy on a weeknight!
Love this marinade. So yummy. 🙂
Thank you Maria!
Looks fabulous, any ideas on a substitute for the dijon mustard as I’m allergic to all mustard? Maybe some lemon juice? Any other ideas? Thank you!