Healthy Chicken Apple Stir Fry Recipe | Wellness Mama

December 29, 2020  

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Stir frys are one of my favorite dinners. They’re fast and easy to make, pack a punch of flavor, and contain a hefty serving of vegetables. I frequently use leftover, already-cooked meat for the protein in my stir frys, which makes preparation even quicker.

And if there’s a bit of stir fry leftover, I like to mix it into scrambled eggs in the morning for a hearty and healthy breakfast. Two meals in one is definitely a win!

Chicken Apple Stir-Fry With Fennel

I like making this stir fry in the fall when apples are in season. The apples give it a nice burst of sweet/sharpness and the fennel gives it a mild little spice. I usually use leftover chicken that’s already cooked, and grilled is my favorite.

If it’s a busy night and we’re eating in a rush, this stir fry converts easily into a cold chicken salad. Since apples and fennel are both delicious raw, I just chop all the ingredients and mix them together with some mayo and the spices.

What Do I Need to Know About Fennel?

Fresh fennel is a common enough ingredient that it’s usually not too difficult to find in grocery stores. It’s got a white bulb on the bottom about the size of a medium-large onion. Green stalks shoot up from the bulb and are topped with feathery greens that look a bit like dill.

To use fresh fennel, slice or chop the bulb and saute or eat fresh. The stalks are a bit tough, so I don’t usually use them, but I know they can be chopped up and used in soups and salads. The greens are so pretty and delicate looking and are very tasty in salads.

Fennel tastes a bit like anise, but is light and fresh and not too strong. It can be used in almost any application that calls for celery. Here are some ideas on how to use it.

Love Stir-Fry As Much As I Do?

If you love stir-fry as much as I do, you may be interested in some more ideas. Here are some of our favorites:

Chicken Apple Stir-Fry

This savory and sweet chicken apple stir fry is fast to make on busy nights and a kid favorite. 

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 249kcal
Author Katie Wells
  • 3 chicken breasts (or the meat from 1 whole roasted chicken)
  • 2 TBSP butter (or coconut oil)
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp basil

Stove top:

  • Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

  • If chicken is raw, dice it and heat the butter or coconut oil in large skillet or wok until melted and cook chicken on medium-high heat until cooked through. (If chicken is pre-cooked, cook the vegetables in the butter first, then add the cooked, diced, chicken)

  • While the chicken is cooking, dice the apples and onion and thinly slice the fennel bulb into thin slivers.

  • Add the apples, onion, and fennel to the skillet or wok.

  • Add the spices, and saute over medium heat until all are cooked through and fragrant, approximately 10-12 minutes.

  • If using pre-cooked chicken, add the chicken, cook until warmed, and enjoy!


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • Grease a large baking sheet with butter or coconut oil.

  • Dice the chicken into bite size pieces and place on baking sheet.

  • Dice the apples and onions into bite sized pieces and sprinkle on top of chicken.

  • Thinly slice the fennel bulb and sprinkle on top of onion/apple mix.

  • Sprinkle with spices and place in the oven.

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through, until chicken is completely cooked through.

  • Enjoy!

Wrap this one in flatbread for hearty, filling breakfast. 

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.1g | Protein: 22.2g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 700mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 12.9g

Ever cooked with fennel? What do you use it for? Tell me below!

About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder and CEO of Wellness Mama and Co-Founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a wife and mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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