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I know that it’s not technically autumn until Friday, but I’m kicking off the season a few days early with this autumn braised chicken escabèche with roasted apples and grapes.

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

Better known in my mind as the most perfect, cozy, comforting, chicken dinner of fall. I’m hoping you’re not tiring of all my cozy eats because I have so many more planned. Sorry not sorry.

OKAY. Before I dive into this recipe, a couple of things to share.

We had a wildfire break out on Monday afternoon that was way too close for comfort. I’m talking a little more than a stones throw a way. We could see the entire thing, flames and all. Helicopters were dumping buckets of water that they kept flying over Lake Dillon to fill, and two giant tankers were spraying fire-retardant all over the flames to help tame it.

There is no sugar-coating this fire, it was scary. We were predicted to have high winds yesterday afternoon so the fire fighters worked through the night on Monday and early morning Tuesday to keep it under control. Thank God for the amazing and brave fire fighters. I can’t imagine doing what they do. Big thank you to all you fire fighters out there, literally saving the day and so many lives. If you’d like to see some pics (and a super cool video) of all that we saw on Monday, check out this article in the Summit Daily (our local paper).

Fingers crossed that the fire does not pick up again. Wildfires are no joke.

And moving right along…

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

On a much happier note, my parents got a new puppy (click here for a pic)! Or technically it’s Asher’s puppy, but Asher is just now nine, so we all know how that one goes. His name is still to be determined, but he is the cutest little Miniature Australian Shepherd. When my mom told me that she and Asher were driving three hours to pick up a new puppy on Sunday afternoon I said it was a bad idea. But after meeting this guy I was sold in a matter of .2 seconds. Puppies are possibly the best thing ever…I think need my own now.

Ahh, maybe not. I’ve got to say, I am pretty happy I don’t have to take him out every couple of hours. But…so far so good, he follows Asher everywhere, and has even slept through the night…right next to Asher…no accidents yet either!

So, if you guys have any good dog names up your sleeve, please leave them in the comments!! My family has been working on a name since Sunday (they like Blu or Merle…they started calling him that today) but no one has come up with anything we can all agree on. We need help!

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

In the meantime, maybe I should tell you guys about my new chicken dinner that I am equally in love with?

Ok, maybe not equally, the puppy probably wins.

This is quite possibly the easiest, yet most delicious chicken I’ve made to date. And that’s saying a lot because I have made a ton of roasted chicken, but this braised chicken is just extra special.

It’s sweet, tangy, and savory all at the same time. It’s also extra saucy and full of all my favorite fall flavors. The base of the recipe is made of three very important ingredients, white wine, apple cider, and apple cider vinegar. The combo of wine, apple cider, and vinegar is what make this chicken SO GOOD. It’s sweet and tangy and when paired with fruits like apples and grapes?

Perfection on so many levels. The chicken melts in your mouth and when topped with the sweet and tangy sauce plus roasted apples and grapes?!

Ahh, I really just cannot express how delicious it is, but trust me, this is no boring chicken dinner.

The Fall flavors truly shine here, and if you’re thinking that roasting apples and grapes is weird, think again. It’s all things deliciousness and you really need to try it.

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

One of the best parts is how easy this dish is to make. It’s a one pan, ready in under an hour kind of meal.

Um, yes please! This is totally do-able for any weeknight, but also fancy enough to serve for your next autumn dinner party. I recommend these potatoes, this bread, and a side salad. YUM.

Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

Autumn Chicken Escabeche with Roasted Apples and Grapes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 392 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or cast iron skillet set over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet. 
    3. To the same skillet, add the onion, garlic, and cumin seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is fragrant and the cumin seeds toasted, about 8-10 minutes. Slowly pour in the wine, cider, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce to low. Slide the chicken back into the skillet, skin side up, it should be mostly submerged. Add the chile, bay leaves, and thyme. Sprinkle the apples around the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, add the grapes and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. 
    4. Let the chicken rest 5 minutes and serve with the sauce drizzled over the chicken with the roasted apples and grapes. Enjoy!
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Autumn Braised Chicken Escabèche with Roasted Apples and Grapes | @hbharvest

Sunday night dinner planned, you are so welcome.

ps. HBH retreat kicks off tomorrow and while I am so excited I am also nervous…just praying I don’t make a giant mistake with Saturday night’s dinner…yikes, yikes, and yikes.

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  1. 4 stars
    Feeling good about this one. It did seem like a lot of liquid, but I rectified that by ladling out some of the liquid into another pot and using it to make cheesy orzo. I added mushrooms to mine just because they had to be used. They soak up the liquid and taste good.

  2. Absolutely amazing flavors! The chicken was so tender, and I love the way the grapes had a hint of spice from the Chiles. I served mine over cous cous to soak up more of the juices

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Happy New Year!!🎆 I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try and sharing your review! xT

  3. 5 stars
    This was lunch today and will enjoy leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I used smoked paprika instead of cumin because I dont like it. It was good and comforting. I enjoyed the wine sauce. The chicken was very tender. Thanks!

  4. 2 stars
    I made this tonight as I had some apples that I picked last weekend and some grapes to use up. It sounded like it would be so delicious! But I’m not a fan, sadly. It had too much liquid, and it had a sour taste. I think the wine and the apple cider vinegar sort of canceled out the sweetness of the apple cider. Generally it mostly tasted like apple cider vinegar. If I make this again, I will definitely reduce the liquids to about half of what I put in there.

    1. Hi Krista! I am sorry this recipe did not turn out as expected for you. If there is anything I can help with, please let me know! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy some other recipes of mine! xTieghan

  5. Your ingredient list indicates boneless skinless chicken pieces, but the picture and recipe method show bone-in skin-on pieces. Which type is the roasting time adjusted for in the recipe?

    1. Hey Kristen,
      All of the roasting times and temps are correct, you can follow the recipe as is:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 4 stars
    Delicious! You have the BEST chicken recipes. My sauce was a bit runny…probably should boil and simmer longer next time. Delicious flavors.

  7. 5 stars
    Made this when it first came out and it was amazing! Making it again tonight with the potato and bread recommendations. So looking forward to it!! Will post a pic on Insta!

  8. 5 stars
    Far out! You have such a mastery of taste dynamics. At face value, this seems strange. But when you cook it.. it couldn’t be more perfect. Beautiful depth of flavours. Paired with oregano potatoes.

  9. What would be a good side dish with this? I’m more along the lines of mashed potatoes or polenta to soak up the sauce vs rice or pasta, but since I haven’t made it yet that’s just a guess. What would you recommend?