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Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Chicken with Apples & Honey (Paleo)

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • 3 pounds chicken, any cut (see blog post)
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp oil (for pressure cooker)


  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Slow Cooker

  1. If using potatoes, add those to the bottom of the slow cooker.  Add chicken. Spread diced apples & onion on top of the chicken.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients until well blended.  Pour sauce on top of chicken.
  3. Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.

Instant Pot

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute. Once hot, add the oil. If you’re using skin-on chicken: add the chicken and sear, few minutes on each side until browned. Remove chicken from the pressure cooker.  If you’re using skinless chicken, skip this step.
  2. Add onions (and more oil if needed) and cook 3-5 minutes until soft.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sauce ingredients. Pour the sauce into the pressure cooker and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add chicken back into the Instant Pot. Add apples (and potatoes if using) on top.
  5. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook 10 minutes.
  6. Quick release pressure.