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Sarah's Apple Gouda Chicken

I've received a handful of emails requesting me to share some of my favorite 15-minute prep time recipes. This will be the first in a series of some of the easiest, most delicious recipes for busy families.

This recipe has less than five ingredients, it really is that simple. What is the best part? There are so many potential substitutions that you can make your own favorite variation.

When Sarah and I were first married, this was the go-to recipe she would make when we were low on time or on nights I was working late.

I will note that any products linked in this post are affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you were to purchase something through the links.

Oven or Smoker?

No, you do not need a smoker to make this recipe. It turns out amazing in the oven, however, if you do have a smoker, this recipe is fantastic. I would recommend cherry, pecan, or hickory woods/pellets.

What I Used


  • 3 Chicken Breasts

  • 6 Slices Gouda Cheese

  • 1 Apple

  • 2 Sprigs Thyme

  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste (or check out Bear Smoke Bear Blend)


  • Preheat Smoker (or Oven) to 375 degrees for indirect cooking

  • Butterfly chicken, season chicken with Salt and Pepper or your favorite BBQ rub

  • Place 2 slices of Gouda cheese inside the open chicken

  • Slice apple in thin slices, place 2-3 apple slices in each chicken breast

  • Fold chicken, creating a pocket for the cheese and apples to stay put while cooking (we have used toothpicks to hold the chicken together and they work great)

  • Place fresh herbs on the chicken

  • (Optional) place butcher paper on a cookie sheet, cutting to fit in the base. Place a cookie cooling rack on cookie sheet, and chicken on the rack for easy transport

  • Place chicken in the preheated smoker and let cook for 45 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the meat, when chicken breasts are 160 degrees Fahrenheit, pull from the smoker/oven

  • Serve hot

Super simple, super delicious. Prepped in 15 minutes or less and ready to eat within an hour!

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