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Cider-Baked Chicken and Sausage

Serves 7
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cider-Baked Chicken and Sausage


  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths
  • 1 large lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 12-ounce package chicken-apple sausage
  • 2 large apples, each sliced into eighths
  • 1 lb. small, red skinned potatoes, halved


  1. Place a gallon size heavy-duty zip-top bag into a large bowl. Place the onion and next 9 ingredients into the zip-top bag, combining well. Add the chicken and chicken-apple sausage to the marinade. Close the bag, place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  3. Arrange the chicken pieces in a large roasting pan, skin-side up. Pour all of the marinade, including onions and lemons over and around the pieces.

  4. Tuck the sausages, apples and potatoes around the chicken. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning sausages about halfway through to cook evenly.

  5. Arrange chicken, sausages and potatoes on a platter and sprinkle with chopped fresh sage.

Recipe courtesy of U.S. Apple Association