Bacon Apple Chicken

Bacon and Apple Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

I’d never cooked much before finishing college and getting married. I got a crockpot as a wedding gift and was told that slow-cookers were the easiest (and mostly foolproof) way to make a great meal, so I started experimenting. I joke that this was one of my real food recipes before I went real food.

I tried many great recipes that I found on blogs, but this one I invented when trying to use up ingredients that I had on hand.

Bacon Apple Chicken

Fresh apples and smokey bacon intensify the flavors of barbecue sauce and provide a subtle sweetness to this slow-cooker chicken recipe. It is such a simple recipe and it always gets rave reviews.

I often put this recipe in the slow cooker in the morning on busy days so dinner is ready to eat when we get home at night. If you have a slow cooker, I’d highly recommend this recipe. It is excellent cold or reheated, so I’ll often make a double batch to have for another meal. I’ve even shredded the chicken after cooling and used it in sandwiches or on salads the next day.

Bacon and Apple Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

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Bacon Apple Chicken

Simple barbecue chicken with flavors of bacon and apple prepared in the slow cooker.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 cup homemade barbecue sauce or a healthy pre-made version (this is a good recipe)
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Wrap each piece of chicken in 2 pieces of bacon and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Mix grated apple and barbecue sauce and pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until completely cooked. Can also cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve with sweet potatoes or homemade cole slaw.

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This bacon apple chicken is made in a slow cooker. The bacon and apple highlight the barbecue sauce for a smoky flavor.

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  1. I love how easy your recipes are. I made the chicken, spinach, artichoke dip the other day – yum! And everyone ate it, including my pickiest eater, my husband. 

  2. I made the chicken, spinach, artichoke chicken on Sunday as well and it was a BIG HIT!   Thanks so much for the idea.   My teenage daughter has now declared that she doesn’t like steak.   I don’t like fish so I never fix that and I don’t know a lot of different chicken recipes that are both good, healthy and easy (and not dry!)   So this is definitely a keeper!   Thanks Katie.

  3. Yesterday I put some chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) in the crock pot with salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder, some sundried tomatoes and the olive oil they were packed in.  Cooked on high for 2 hours – delicious!  Going to try your recipe soon!

  4. I cooked a whole chicken yesterday. Sprinkle inside and outside of chicken with onion granules, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and thyme. (I have chopped an onion and sliced about 4 – 5 garlic instead of the granules.) Add about 1/2 cup water and bake on high for 3 1/2 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours. If you have leftover chicken, make a soup with it.

  5. Could you use turkey bacon as a substitute?

    • You could, it is just tough to find one that isn’t packed with nitrates, sugar and MSG. It would work in the recipe though!

    • Organic prairie turkey bacon is good! No MSG or nitrates, and the only sugar used is honey.

  6. This has been my families FAVORITE dinner since going grain-free!  I used pork chops instead of chicken and left the skin on the apples and just cut them into small cubes.  It was SO delicious, thank you for this recipe!  My family requested I make it for our “Crockpot Christmas” dinner for my  23-member family, do you think cutting the pork and bacon up into cubes and cooking it all that way would work out well? 

    • It should. I’ve cooked it that way with chicken, so cubed pork should work too..

  7. Is it ok to put the chicken breasts in frozen?

  8. I’ll be making this for the second week in a row today! It turned out great the first time and I experimented with my own homemade BBQ/ketchup sauce.  My 2.5 yr old scarfed it down and immediately wanted it more. It paired great with the sweet potatoes!  Thanks for sharing such an amazingly easy recipe.  

  9. I wonder if there would be another way to make this without the bbq sauce.  I’m not having sugar anymore due to a bit of a sugar addiction but I loved this so much when I first made it.  Any tips?

    • You could do more apples for natural sweetness and make your own savory barbecue sauce with just tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, and a little bit of natural liquid smoke. It wouldn’t be quite as sweet but still good…

  10. Katie This was amazing..  One of the few recipes I followed nearly properly.  I did use legs and breasts, as I’d cut up a whole chicken.  This was quick, easy and super tasty, thanks and thanks.. 

  11. i don’t eat anything with Xioytol in it, not good. Try substituting raisins for sugar in the BBQ sauce. At least that is how I make it without the Bacon. No Bacon, we are bacon free home. Try saute onions and garlic then meat with the sauce just as good lower fat content and no chemicals.

    • could also add carrots it will add sweetness to the sauce.

  12. I *just* discovered your blog last week and decided to give this recipe a try, though I prepared a separate dinner for my vegetarian toddler (she won’t accept or try ANY meat, not even faux meat.) So when the chicken was finished and served my toddler came up to me with curiosity staring at my plate I asked her if she wanted a bite and responding by opening her mouth and judging by her approval (and of course, mine as well) this meal was a delicious success ! I was wondering though if its possible to substitute the chicken for tofu?

    • So glad it was a hit! I don’t cook with tofu, so I’m not sure on that… 🙂

  13. Thank you so much! This recipe was amazing.

  14. Can this be cooked on high also or in the oven to cook it faster?

  15. I’m so glad I stumbled across this website. I was just wondering last night if I could put bacon wrapped chicken in the crock-pot. I don’t have any apples :-/ but I’m going to give it a try. Will the bacon be soggy though??

    • I am wondering the same thing about the bacon?

  16. Great looking recipe. I have all of the ingredients on-hand… I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow!

    • Oooh! And I’m excited about this idea: I’m going to cut the sweet potatoes in half and just add them to the slow cooker (on top of the chicken). A one-pot meal!

  17. I just made it with breasts and thighs. I used on piece of bacon on the thighs. The bacon looked yucky out of the crock pot so I put the bacon wrapped chicken pieces under the broiler to crisp them. Super good!!

  18. Hello! I use a fermented ketchup. Where would I find a recipe for healthy BBQ sauce using homemade ketchup?

  19. Not sure if this is a problem with my browser, but what are the ingredient quantities for this recipe? How many chicken breasts/apples? Amount of BBQ sauce?

  20. I tried this last night and it was a huge hit!! Thanks so much for an easy but wonderful meal. One question tho: Where does the garlic powder come into play? I’ve read, and re-read the recipe, and it’s lists garlic powder as an ingredient, but never states when to actually use it. Thanks again!

  21. I am curious about where the garlic powder goes in the recipe too.

  22. My husband loved this recipe, and I thought the sauce was delicious! Just a note–I skipped coring the apple (because my coring skills are certainly sub-par), and simply grated the whole peeled apple, turning it when I got to the core. Worked like a dream, and saved so much time!

  23. Yum! This smelled and tasted delicious…and it took hardly any time. The hardest part was making the barbecue sauce. Thanks for this!