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Baked chicken with apples and onions

Delicious fall dinner - fall-off-the-bone meat, soft, jammy apples, and sweet caramelized onions.
Course Main Course
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 388kcal
Author Aleksandra


  • 6 chicken legs skin-on, bone-in
  • 3 apples I used Golden Delicious
  • 3 onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • couple twigs rosemary or thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • apple cider or water optionally, see the notes*
  • mashed potatoes to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5, no fan (if you have a convection oven reduce the temperature by about 20°).
  • Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. It's important to season it on the outside and under the skin.
  • Quarter and core the apples.
  • Cut the onions into thick slices.
  • Place the chicken legs, apples and onions in a big baking dish or a sheet pan.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken.
  • Add a couple of twigs rosemary.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then turn on the fan OR increase the temperature by 20° OR place the baking dish under the broiler and bake for about 5-15 minutes (depending on the setting) until the chicken is lightly browned.
  • My favorite way to serve this is with mashed potatoes.
  • Enjoy!


Ingredients and substitutions:
- chicken legs - you can also use chicken thighs or just drumsticks (drumsticks need to be baked shorter)
- apples - use sweet-sour or sour variety, I used Golden Delicious
- onions - I use yellow onions
- herbs - I used rosemary, but thyme will also work great
- optionally - add some apple cider or water to the pan if your ingredients are more spaced in your baking dish. Mine were crowded (see the photo below) so no extra liquid was necessary. If your baking dish is bigger and your ingredients are less crowded add some apple cider or water to the baking dish (there should be about 1cm / 1/2-inch liquid in the baking dish).
Calories count: 1/6 of the recipe (this is only an estimate!), without the mashed potatoes.


Calories: 388kcal