Apple Chutney ~ Savory Simple

I love making chutneys. They’re simple to make and pair perfectly with chicken or pork for a tasty weeknight meal. This apple chutney is a recent favorite of mine. Many chutney recipes use raisins; I decided to use dried cherries instead.

Apple Chutney
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 medium tart apples (3 cups)
  • 2 large shallots, sliced thin (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sweat shallots in butter. While they're sweating you can peel, core and roughly chop the apples.
  2. Add the apples to the saucepan and then add the lemon juice, stirring. Turn up the heat.
  3. Add the brown sugar and dried cherries while simmering.
  4. Add the apple cider, vinegar and spices. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover.
  5. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and allow excess liquid to cook off.




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  1. that looks great, i also like chutneys and you are right they are easy to put together and fantastic to eat all winter! c

  2. I love how this isn’t overly sweet and I love the use of brown sugar. What a gorgeous color.

  3. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge says:

    I’ve never made a chutney, actually not sure I’ve ever even eaten one but it sounds like something I’d like very much.
    …where’s my list…


  4. That sounds and looks delicious. Love the photo!

  5. Thank you so much for visiting my blog – it is lovely to meet you and get to visit your blogging home in return!! :) That chutney looks delicous!! Mmm, and way better than mine!! :P I have yet to post about my chutney making, but I have enjoyed it very much!! What do you do with your chutney? I made mine for Christmas gifts, buit my hubby is loving the odd little scrapings in his lunchtime sandwiches! :)

  6. hmmm… Apple chutney! the name itself is very inviting :-)

  7. It looks lovely! Yum!

  8. cyndeehule says:

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  9. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    Oh this Apple Chutney looks absolutely delicious. I would love to give this recipe a try. Wonderful recipe

  10. downhomesouthjersey says:

    Do you think dried cranberries would work in place of the cherries? I want to make this today, it looks so good!

  11. Thank you for visiting Granny’s Parlour so Granny was able to discover your Blog. Very peaceful to the eyes and deliciously presented. “Savory Simple” says it all. It is truly enjoyable to visit your pages and recipes. What a treat! Thank you. Wishing you a great autumn season. Keep smiling! ~ Granny

  12. This is a great alternative to applesauce!

  13. Love to see another chutney from a good cook/blogger! Like the idea of cherries! Looks delicious and must try.

  14. Yinzerella says:

    That looks fab. I have cider and raisins in the house so I might make this soon.

  15. I recently made an onion and fig chutney, but have yet to blog it – this apple chutney looks wonderful – I just can’t stand apples! I think I may just have to get over it and give this a chance.

  16. YUM! I have plans to go apple picking in a couple of weeks and following the trip with an apple binge. This is totally on my list.

  17. I haven’t started making chutneys yet, but I’m sure it wil happen soon enough. I love the idea of swapping in cherries for raisins. (While I like raisins, I don’t seem to like them IN things unless they are the star ingredient, I don’t know why). Love that deep brown color.

  18. Love your blog! Hmmm, looking forward to the day I can grow, pick and cook my own apples!

  19. looks delicious! is apple chutney different from apple butter because of the addition of savory ingredients?

    • Apple butter is smooth and similar to jam in its application. Chutneys are textured and typically have a balance of sweet and sour flavors that make them excellent accompaniments to pork and chicken.

  20. TeenyLittleSuperChef says:

    Hot dog, this sounds and looks delicious. I love apple chutneys and I think the addition of dried cherries will take it to a whole new level. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I can’t wait to try it out :)
    P.S. Which apples did you use? Granny Smith? Do you think Pink Ladies would work?

    • I had McIntosh apples on hand so that’s what I used. I think Granny Smith would be best because they’re tart and hold their shape well. Pink Ladies are sweeter, but if you have those already I think they will work fine. You may want to add a bit extra lemon juice, just a splash.

  21. I love chutneys, I really need to start making my own. Looks delicious!

  22. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Thanks for this great post as I will be given some freshly picked apples this weekend and was not too sure what to do with them. I love all chutneys. Will this recipe work for mango as well, you think?

  23. Oh Yummy, I will be making this! :)

  24. This looks great! I hope I can try it soon!

  25. This looks lovely! My boyfriend loves chutneys; I’ll have to ‘borrow’ this recipe to make him some for winter! Thank you! :)

  26. Mmmmm! I’m always looking for something to accent my vegetarian entrees, and this looks like it would complement garbanzo beans, eggplant and the like. Puuuuurfect:)

  27. FoodGloriousFood says:

    Lovely recipe – I make jam, but have never yet attempted chutney. This is where I begin….

  28. definitely have to try this! i’m on an apple/squash kick right now :)

  29. YUM! This looks amazing! I will definitely have to make a batch as soon as possible! I have never tried making a chutney, but this looks like the perfect 1st try!

  30. What a beautiful site you have! I also am crazy for chutney…just made a tomato chutney yesterday and will be sharing on my blog soon. Thanks so much for visiting it :-)!


  31. OMG my mouth is watering thinking about all the great things this chutney can be paired with! I’m a big fan of apples in salad and in chicken dishes. This would taste great with anything, really

  32. foodformylove says:

    My husband loves chutney. we’ll try your recipe. we’ll let you know the result after :-)

  33. Love this! I learned of apple chutney last week from a canning workshop. We made a curried version which had onions and peppers along with curry spices. It was a tasty alternative that I would never think of.


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