Apple Cider Herbed Goat Cheese Chicken Drumsticks

Try putting a sauce on your meat that actually benefits you!

A common dinner I put together is healthy baked drumsticks because they are budget friendly and easy to dress up! This particular dish pairs them with some baked fruit, which I’ve decided I don’t do often enough, and the sauce is a little different from the usual.

apple cider chicken drumsticks recipe

I chose a green apple and some red grapes for the fruits in this dish. Start by cubing the apple. Drizzle some oil in the bottom of a baking dish and fill with both fruits.
apples and grapes

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Chicken doesn’t always need to be slathered in a rich marinade in order to taste juicy and flavorful. I used some apple cider vinegar and applesauce. This sounds basic but definitely didn’t taste so! I did add a little bit of honey just to counter the apple cider vinegar some, but that is optional of course. Mix the wet ingredients and seasonings together and then coat the chicken drumsticks. Place the drumsticks over the bed of apples and grapes. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes.
apple cider fruit chicken prebake

About halfway through you can crumble the goat cheese on top, then put back in the oven to finish cooking.
goat cheese apple cider chicken drumsticks

Warm fruit and gooey cheese were the perfect addition with this sweet and juicy meat. I know apple cider vinegar is good for you but I mostly just take a shot to build my immune system. After this point though I will be cooking with it on a regular basis! I combined mine with some sautéed green beans and walnuts (one of my favorite quick sides) over a bed of rice. At first my husband was pretty skeptical about warm grapes, but I will say that this is a man approved meal!
apple cider herbed goat cheese chicken drumsticks

apple cider herbed goat cheese chicken drumsticks

Apple Cider Goat Cheese Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks in an apple cider vinegar marinade baked with apples and grapes then topped with goat cheese and herbs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish
Servings 2 people


  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 green apple small
  • 1/3 cup red grapes seedless
  • 2 oz goat cheese crumbles
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Cube up the apple. Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of a baking dish and fill with both fruits.
  • Mix wet ingredients and seasonings together and coat the chicken drumsticks.
  • Place the drumsticks over the bed of apples and grapes. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes. Halfway through you can crumble the goat cheese on top.
  • Remove from oven when done and serve warm!

These healthy baked drumsticks look and taste like a decadent meal- no one would ever know how simple it really is! Good food without the guilt is served up!

apple cider baked drumsticks from Body Compass Discovery's blog

This recipe is gluten free! It is also low carb if you don’t choose to add rice to it. If you remove the cheese and use unsweetened applesauce then it can easily be a Paleo recipe too!

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When making this as part of a meal prep it counts for 2 servings. Each of those servings consists of 2 red containers, 3/4 of a purple container, 1/3 of a blue container, 1/8 of a yellow container and 1 tsp.

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