Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Apples

This Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples is a perfect example of the beauty and hazard of writing a food blog.

Chicken Apple Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts. A healthy one-pan dinner with all of your favorite fall ingredients!

Aside from the fact that this recipe has a name so long, I might as well be saying it in German (I almost added “and Bacon!” to the end of the title too but restrained myself), this gem of a recipe had been languishing in my post archives for nearly three years. Because I work for food in the most literal sense, every week I’m up to something new in the kitchen. Though I love the constant, creative challenge of finding new flavor combinations, relish opening my refrigerator and seeing it overrun with fresh produce, and enjoy testing my recipes on my obliging guinea pigs (er, friends), every now and then, I miss making old favorites or, as in the case of today’s Harvest Chicken Skillet, I forget about them completely.

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

A healthy one-pan dinner your entire family will love! Chicken Bacon Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

I owe a debt of gratitude to a blog reader who, after spying me at Trader Joe’s debating which bargain-buy red wine to toss into my cart, stopped to introduce herself (so cool!), then mentioned that she makes this Harvest Chicken Skillet recipe almost every week in the fall. It took me a few moments to remember which recipe she was referencing, but as soon as I did, I put all the ingredients to make it in my grocery cart right then and there. Wow, have I been missing out!

Chicken Bacon Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Apples. Every fall flavor you love, in a healthy, delicious one-pan meal!

The recipe is almost identical to its previous self. I clarified a few things in the recipe directions, and on the ingredient list, I swapped out the turkey bacon for regular bacon because 1) life is preciously short, and 2) using real bacon allows us to sauté the veggies in the bacon fat, a.k.a. celebrate the best things in life. Fear not—this Harvest Chicken Skillet is still lean and mean, even with the bacon added, and if you serve it with a little rice (I love this blend), couscous, or quinoa, you’ll hit nearly every food group in a single meal.
For the apples, I opted to use Granny Smith, but any firm baking apple will do nicely. On Saturday Ben and I went apple picking (ahem, apple cider donut eating), so we have a haul of Wisconsin Cortlands, Idareds, and Golden Delicious apples at our disposal.
Apple Picking at Elegant Farmer
In the newly picked apples’ honor, I added this Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples to our meal plan for this week, partly to use the apples, but mostly because I’m still crushing on its warm, cozy flavor. Plus, any recipe that gives me a well-balanced meal in a single pan and tastes great reheated the next day deserves to be cooked on repeat.

Chicken Apple Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts. An easy, healthy one-pan dinner!

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples, I’ll never forget you again!

Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato, and Brussels Sprouts Skillet

With sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts, and bacon, this one-pan chicken dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a healthy fall dinner!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock, divided

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high, until hot and shimmering. Add the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Reduce skillet heat to medium low. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp and brown and the fat has rendered, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate (I simply laid another paper towel on top of the plate with the chicken, then stacked the bacon on that). Discard all but 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon fat from the pan.
  3. Increase skillet heat back to medium high. Add Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, onion, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender and the onions are beginning to look translucent, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the apples, garlic, thyme, and cinnamon. Cook 30 seconds, then pour in 1/2 cup of the broth. Bring to a boil and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and remaining 1/2 cup broth. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved bacon and serve warm.

and for posterity…here’s the original photo. Same pan, same spoon, but now this skillet has a whole new style.
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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

86 comments

  1. You had me at Brussels sprouts. This looks like a wonderful combination of flavors! I want some!

  2. Wow Erin, your new blog design is gorgeous!! Congrats! I know this has nothing to do with this very good looking recipe, but I had to mention it! Cheers :)

  3. This is funny! I don’t think Paul would ever let me near his hair. But he gets it cut very regularly…more so than I do! I love this skillet, Erin!

  4. Hi Erin!

    My mother-in-law, Diane Byers, introduced me to your blog. I’ve made this skillet and your whipped feta crostini…YUM! Thanks for the inspiration, I look forward to trying more of your recipes in the future!

    Best,
    Ashley

  5. haha mullet that is too funny – I am sure your hubs was far from the 80s mullet that i always picture in my head when i hear that word – lol. this dish looks like it is full of amazing flavors!

  6. wow! looks super yummy and healthy! I will add it to my list of your recipes I must try!

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  9. I finally made this last night. The combo of flavors was so good! I left James with the leftovers for his lunches this week – he loved it too! (I am taking a lesson from you on sneaking in veggies hehe).

  10. New to your blog – my boyfriend is in law school while i’m in grad school so I FEEL YOUR PAIN.

    This is going to be tonight’s “quick meal because we’re both in the middle of finals and 50 page papers and have no time to cook” option.

    • Oh Tiffany, you can understand more than most! Good luck to both of you with finals. Hope you loved the skillet and thanks for your comment!

  11. Hi Erin! I just made this for lunch today and wow! what a powerhouse of flavors!! Just like you said, each component is crucial to get maximum impact. It looked good on your website but it was even more delicious than I expected. I had to make some substitutions – cabbage for brussel sprouts because they aren’t in season now, and ham instead of turkey bacon because it’s what I had on hand. I used the granny smith apples, but next time will use Reineta – the Spanish apple used for cooking here as it has a nice tart flavor and also maintains its shape during cooking – doesn’t disintegrate. It came out a bit soupier than your photo but I think that’s due to the cabbage’s water content, but flavor-wise it was really great. The sweetness of the apple, sweet potato and cinnamon balance the savory flavors of the thyme and garlic. It reminded me a bit of a red cabbage and apple dish eaten in various parts of Europe. My husband LOVED it, and he’s not a big cruciferous fan. Will definitely be making this again, and for sure once the sprouts are back in season. Thanks for sharing a great recipe! And enjoy the rest of your travels through France!!

  12. The word harvest makes my heart swell. Also I would eat this whole skillet no problem.

  13. This sounds like such a delicious combo of flavors – brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes are my favorite!  Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    – Dani | http://www.styledvariety.com

  14. This skillet looks awesome! I love the way the brussels sprouts get all caramelized and delicious :)

  15. This is a little bit of all my favorite Fall flavors. It looks amazing!

  16. You had me at sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts :)

  17. Ahhh I’m all about sprouts! This immediately struck a craving so thank you. So good!

  18. This is literally the most perfect dish I ever seen, I kid you not!  I love every single ingredient in this recipe, brussel sprouts being number one!  I have almost every ingredient on hand and I will make this this weekend for sure!

  19. I love everything about this recipe, definitely right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  20. This combination is unbelievable! I will have to try because I love everything included here! 

  21. Oh yummy! This sounds really good!

  22. Yum! I am totally making this with chicken sausage ASAP!

  23. Erin, this looks like a great combination of flavors! Love the ingredients you chose and also your pictures are very pretty ;-)

  24. Yum!! This looks crazy delicious. So many good flavors and textures!! 

  25. Anything cooked in bacon is going to totally be my jam!

  26. Such a perfect fall meal!  I make something super similar except without the apples but it looks like I’ve been missing out – definitely adding the apples next time!

  27. This looks AMAZING! Pinning it now and hope to make it SOON!

  28. Copied ingredients into My Fittness Pal Meals.
    Nutritional breakdown was perfect.
    Thank you for such a tasty, healthy.

  29. Hi Erin!  I made this dish last night. I couldn’t believe the aroma of all the ingredients when I was cooking, it was unreal. My hubby came into the kitchen because of the amazing smell. It tasted equally delicious! In loving your blog and can’t wait to make more of the recipes! Thanks for sharing! 

  30. Hi I was thinking about making this dish for my friend and her hubbie, that just had a baby. Is this a stand alone dish or should I make something on the side?

    Do you have any suggestions for a side dish.

  31. How many calories are in this? I made it but need to log in for weight watchers. Per cup?

  32. this looks delish. Planning to make it tonight. I’m a huge fan of the crock pot. Do you think I can throw it all in the crock pot and cook on high for a few hours?

  33. It is snowing here in the MidAtlantic and I was looking for something warm and hearty to cook for Sunday dinner. SOO happy I stumbled upon this on Pinterest!  All the flavors work so well together. The aromas had my puppy plant himself right in front of the stove! :) 

    Will definitely be going in my faves! Thanks for posting! !!

  34. This looks fabulous! I am roasting brussels right now! One of my faves.  I love having new combos to come up with! Thank you! – Wendie 

  35. Hi Erin! Just stumbled upon your site, and I am so glad I did! This recipe looks fantastic. I actually don’t love bacon (I know, only person in the world!); think I can just omit it altogether? Thank you!

  36. Em the Ausmerican Reply

    We are in the middle of a ridiculous heat wave here in Brisbane, but I’m making this tonight anyway.  It will be quick (a definite plus on a weeknight) and I have all the ingredients on hand.  We have had a week of pastas so this will be a nice change!  Thanks for some nice Brussels sprout inspiration, one of my husband’s favorite veggies!

  37. My wife and I made this tonight.
    We followed the recipe exactly other than the thick bacon. We used what we had. It was absolutely delicious! We will make this again. The only thing I would comment on is the cooking time of 30 minutes. It took us close to an hour and we were both in the kitchen together. Worth every minute. Next time I would use twice the amount of bacon. (oink)

  38. I am going to try to make this in a couple of days. Do you have a nutritional breakdown? Or at least calories?

  39. I made this tonight and it was a BIG hit!! Thank you for this healthy and delicious dish :) BIG hugs to you! This is going to be a regular on our dinner rotation. 

  40. When do the crushed black peppers go in?

  41. YES! This looks amazing, and seems like a great opportunity to use my maple balsamic and see what happens. Thank you for this gem!

  42. Found your recipe after I had already started pan fry sliced sweet potatoes, onions, smoked Bratwurst, Brussels Sprouts and apple.  I seasoned with Black Pepper, Garlic and Rosemary.  I just Googled my ingredients to see what seasonings others had used.  The Garlic and Rosemary were nice accents,

  43. Found your site by Google search. Saw a recipe on a Facebook page, they did a little video cooking a recipe & then I did a search on Google with the their recipe name & yours was the first page on Google. People were wanting a printed copy of it, so I shared your link on their page. It looks good & I’m off to make some tonight, wife wont eat it she is not into Brussels sprouts but I love them. So more for me….YEAH ME!!!.

  44. I found this recipe completely unappetizing as did the rest of my family. The ingredients peaked my interest; however, sweet potato should be roasted as should brussel sprouts to be crunchier. Since they’re all cooked together they were mushy. I think there should be a sauce to make it less bland. Also, cutting up ALL of these ingredients takes at least 30 min, so in total this took me much longer than 1 hr. (for example, sweet potato doesn’t take only 8 min too cook through).  I’m an experienced cook so it’s not because I’m slow.  Way too much hassle and not enough reward.

    • Kat, I’m so sorry to hear that you and your family didn’t enjoy this! As you can see from the comments, many other readers have, but everyone has different tastes. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it be as expected, so I’m sorry that was the case here.

  45. I’ll admit, not my favorite. Not spicy enough and was hoping for more pop. It’s meh. 

    • Stefani, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t do the trick for you as written. Many others have enjoyed it, but everyone’s tastes are different, and I know it’s disappointing to try a recipe and have it not turn out, so I wish this would have been perfect for you!

  46. Love this dish! I’m a big fan of Brussels sprouts and apples so any time I can combine them I’m in! The presentation was the best part with all of the different colors.

  47.  I came across your recipe on Pinterest and was all in at sweet potatoes, I looove sweet potatoes! I normally eat them 3-4 times a week but haven’t had them in about a month, so I was super exited about this recipe. This is delicious! I got up this morning at 10 am and made this and had a taste before throwing it in the refrigerator. Ohmygod! I’ll definitely be making this again. I was hesitant, at first, about adding the apples, because I usually don’t like savory/sweet, but all the flavors came together nicely! I shared the recipe with me sister and she can’t wait to try it! 

    • Remi, I am soooo excited to hear how much you loved the recipe! Thanks for taking time to share your review, and thank you especially for sharing it with your sister too. That means a lot!

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  51. Tried this! Loved this! The only thing I did differently is instead of brussel sprouts I used asparagus. (No one in my family like cooked sprouts.)

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