Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and it’s not hard to see why. It will satisfy your taste buds in the best way, fulfill your desire for a nutritious meal, and leave you with only one skillet to clean up afterward.

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The original version of harvest chicken skillet with sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and sautéed apples first appeared in my recipe archives nearly 10 years ago (!!), when I was still snapping haphazard recipe photos with my non-smartphone.

Fast forward to today, and this harvest chicken recipe is still one of my (and your) favorites!

  • In addition to being an undeniably simple one-pan recipe, it’s also incredibly cozy and delicious.
  • The fall-inspired flavors will wrap you in a hug so comforting, you’ll want to keep going back for more.
  • From the creaminess of the sweet potatoes to the savoriness of the bacon to the sweetness of the apples, this easy skillet meal truly has it all.
  • Plus, you have the added bonus of easy cleanup (SCORE!).
  • It’s also Paleo and Whole30 approved, so if you are following either diet, you can enjoy it too.

With this chicken sweet potato Brussels sprouts skillet, you can sneak oodles of veggies, lean protein, and fruit into one single meal.

That’s my kind of multitasking!

A delicious one pan meal with fall flavors and healthy ingredients

5 Star Review

“My family has made this recipe every fall for 4 years now. It has SO much flavor and is perfect for leftovers! It’s a crowd-pleaser for sure.”

— Rory —

How to Make Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

This harvest chicken breast skillet recipe features all of my favorite fall ingredients—sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts, and a touch of cinnamon—along with one of my favorite year-round ingredients, BACON.

I love that it’s made in a single pan, is healthy and filling, and reheats well too (just like this Sweet Potato Pasta).

Pssst. If you’re a fellow lover of bacon and Brussels sprouts, give these Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts a try.

The Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts. A source of lean protein with mild flavor, chicken breasts are a healthy and versatile ingredient. I love how well they pair with the bacon and veggies.

Substitution Tip

You can also make this recipe with diced boneless, skinless chicken thighs or diced pork tenderloin.

  • Bacon. This bacon harvest chicken skillet wouldn’t be complete without the pieces of salty, crispy thick-cut bacon.
  • Brussels Sprouts. Sautéed Brussels sprouts are just as yummy as roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic. In the pan, they become caramelized on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside. Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  • Sweet Potato. One of my go-to fall veggies. They’re naturally sweet and packed with vitamins.
  • Granny Smith Apples. Granny Smith apples are ideal for this recipe because they will hold up during the cooking process. Their crisp texture and tart flavor are ideal complements to the more creamy, savory elements in this dish.
  • Fresh Thyme. For a touch of fresh, savory herb flavor.
  • Cinnamon. The secret cozy ingredient that makes this dish extra comforting. It’s especially delicious with the sweet potatoes.

The Directions

  1. Brown the chicken. Remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. Cook the bacon, then remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove most of the bacon drippings from the pan.
  2. Saute the Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and onion in the bacon drippings.
  3. Stir in the apples, garlic, thyme, and cinnamon. Add the broth. Bring to a boil, then return the chicken to the skillet with the remaining broth. Cook for a few minutes. Stir in the bacon and ENJOY!
Bacon harvest chicken skillet with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days. The bacon will soften a little, but it will still be yummy.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave, adding a splash of chicken stock to keep it from drying out.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, cut the chicken into cubes and chop the veggies. Refrigerate each in a separate airtight storage container.

Leftover Ideas

Enjoy leftovers from this chicken skillet over a bed of spaghetti squash (use my easy Crockpot Spaghetti Squash or Roasted Spaghetti Squash method) or farro (just like in my Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad). To turn leftovers into a hearty harvest chicken salad, toss them with some spinach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use a Red Apple Variety?

Granny Smith apples are wonderful in this recipe because they hold up well during cooking and have great flavor. However, I think you could use any firm, crisp variety of red apples with good results.

Can I Omit the Cinnamon?

The cinnamon adds a wonderful warmth and coziness to the dish, but you can omit it if you prefer.

What Can I Use Instead of Brussels Sprouts?

For a swap with a similar flavor profile, try using cabbage. I think you could also substitute the Brussels sprouts for broccoli florets (I’d recommend adding the florets in with the apples).

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

4.74 from 131 votes
With sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts and bacon, this healthy Paleo and Whole30 approved chicken skillet is packed with flavor and delivers every food group in one pan!

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 4 servings


  • 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 broth divided


  • 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.
  • Reduce skillet heat to medium low. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp and brown and the fat has rendered, about 8 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 drippings from the pan.
  • 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 10 minutes.
  • 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.


  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days. The bacon will soften a little, but it will still be yummy.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave, adding a splash of chicken stock to keep it from drying out.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 31gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 87mgPotassium: 1089mgFiber: 7gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 8656IUVitamin C: 68mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Such a good dish! I went apple picking and looked up dinners to make with apples and this did not disappoint. I’m planning on making it again for Friendsgiving but I’m wondering what you would add to make it just a little bit sweeter. Maybe brown sugar? Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi John! Personally I love the recipe as is, but I guess if you needed to add sweeter to it for your taste you could add brown sugar? Or maybe even try a different variety of apple that is sweet, such as fuji or gala. Hope this helps!

  2. I’m so sad :( I wanted to love this recipe but it did not come out like your beautiful pictures! lol
    And based on all of the outstanding reviews I’m wondering if it was user-error? ;)

    I used a ceramic plated cast iron pan…

    My bacon did not produce a whole lot of excess grease though…a little of course but I doubt it was 1.5 tbsp’s so I added a bit of olive oil to supplement (maybe this was a mistake?)
    So maybe I didn’t cook the bacon quite long enough?

    And my veggies did not have that crispy-roasted texture like your pictures & I’m not sure why. I almost feel like I would have been better off roasting them in the oven.

    And there was a lot of excess liquid which kind of made the dish just kind of soupy. Perhaps I should have decreased the amount of chicken broth?

    It also just seemed like it needed more flavorful…perhaps lacking in flavor because I didn’t have more bacon grease? Or maybe I just needed to add more salt? I don’t know!

    I would be willing to give this another shot and would love any recommendations of where I might have gone wrong.3 stars

    1. Hi Jen! I’m sorry you had trouble with this recipe. It’s really hard to know what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you. It sounds like you might be onto something with the bacon. The longer you cook it, the more grease it should produce but you definitely don’t want to burn it. As far as the flavor, I think it has great flavor but we all have different taste. Definitely adjust the seasonings to your taste. To get a nice crispy look to the dish, you might need to cook the veggies at a higher temperature. Hope this helps!

  3. I’ve made this twice so far, and each time I forget how yummy the flavors all blend together. It’s such a delightful fall dish and honestly the most “difficult”part is all the chopping and that’s not even that bad if you do everything before hand so it’s ready to go. I can see myself making this several more times this fall/winter. Any excuse to use my giant cast iron for a one pot meal!5 stars

  4. I have made this several times and love it! But now I would like to make it as a Thanksgiving side dish with a couple of people being Vegan. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Mama lina! I’ve only made this recipe as written, but I do have side dishes that you might enjoy! https://www.wellplated.com/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-garlic/ Or https://www.wellplated.com/roasted-sweet-potatoes/ Also here is a link to all of my vegan recipes: https://www.wellplated.com/category/recipes-by-diet/vegan/ Hope this helps!

  5. I made this a second time today and substituted Aidells chicken apple sausage for the chicken.
    It came out great!5 stars

  6. The cinnamon and apples do not go well with the other ingredients. I can see how this dish be good with no apples and a different spice: maybe chili powder or almost anything else. Haha. Neither my husband nor I enjoyed this dish, and I’m dreading eating the leftovers because I don’t like to waste food.1 star

    1. I ‘m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the recipe, Melissa. I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too!

  7. Hi Erin –

    I’m always looking for a way to make Brussels sprouts more palatable for me. This is very exciting. I’ll be making it right away. For John who wanted it sweeter. Maybe some Craisins? I will make it as is though. Thank you so much!

    Stan Fitzgerald

  8. Hello, This is an outstanding recipe. My wife and son loved it. I am new to cooking so I was pleased with the success. My wife claimed the leftovers for work.
    Thank You for sharing this recipe.
    Lon5 stars

  9. Super delish and great combination of flavors! With all the veg and apples, you feel like you’re eating all the healthy things! Hubby was skeptical as I was preparing, because he is suspicious of most things vegetable..but loved it!5 stars

  10. Thank you for this recipe – I’ve made it several times and like it better and better each time. Last night I used pork chops instead of chicken (because I had some on hand), and tossed the cubed chops in “Memphis Dust” (a grilling/smoking rub) before cooking. It was the best iteration to date!5 stars

  11. It came out delicious. The only changes I made was I didn’t have low sodium chicken broth so I used regular chicken broth but only 1/2 tsp. of the salt instead of the tsp. Also, I agree with one reviewer when they said it needs a touch of sweetness ( just a touch!) So what I did was stirred in about 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup sugar-free to the finished recipe. Yum! That was just the thing!5 stars

  12. Excellent recipe, only thing I did different was to cook cut sweet potatoes in microwave, 5 minutes before adding to skillet. My 12” cast iron skillet too small so I had to transfer to large aluminum skillet5 stars

  13. I followed this recipe, but I did not use bacon and subbed apple chicken sausage instead of chicken. I wanted to like this, but just didn’t :( the sweet potatoes weren’t cooked through all the way. Also I think it was la king flavor. If I were to try it again, I would add the bacon and maybe roast instead of sauté as well as add more seasonings.3 stars

    1. Hi Jocelyn! Use sausage and leaving out the bacon will give you a different result than the one you see here. Hope you will give it another try!

  14. Had all the ingredients in my kitchen and made this last night for dinner. It is a delicious recipe and my husband loved it. The flavors are so great you could easily make a vegetarian version deleting the chicken and bacon and using apple cider instead of chicken broth. Had the leftovers tonight wrapped in tortillas as stuffed burritos. This will be in a monthly rotation regardless of the season.5 stars

  15. I had to tweak the recipe due to dietary restrictions, so i used chicken bacon, and my brussel sprouts went bad, so i used cauliflower. I also don’t own a cast iron skillet, so i roasted the veggies and apples, cooked the chicken and bacon on the stove top and combined it. I was concerned that without the bacon drippings that it would be dry, but it wasn’t at all. It was a complete success!!! Thank you so much!!5 stars

  16. I was so excited to make this. I literally spent 2 1/2 hours chopping and cooking. Well, it was inedible. I followed the directions to a t. I’m so disappointed. We ended up throwing it all out and having chicken nuggets for dinner. :(1 star

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that Samantha! What made it inedible? That is not normally the feedback we get on this recipe, so curious as to what happened.

  17. This recipe was easy to pull together with flavorful and healthy results. The only hiccup was in the body of the recipe, the directions omitted the 4 minced garlic cloves. I added them to the brussel sprouts, onion, and sweet potatoes step. Super yummy recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Julie! It’s actually there. In the recipe card you’ll see that is in Step 4 when you are stirring in the apples. In the body of the blog post where I do a brief overview of the recipe, you’ll see it was listed in Step 3. Hope this helps! Glad you were able to enjoy it!

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