Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Maple Baked Apple Chicken


It's FALL! Well maybe it's winter where you are, but here in Texas it's Fall. That means it's time to put apples in everything, right!? Right. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked and sounded amazing, then I opened it up. Italian dressing and maple syrup!? Sounds like something you would eat after a late night out and immediately regret the next morning. I decided to try it anyway. It was on Kraft's website, so how bad could it be? It was deeeeelicious! Just the right amount of sweet and savory with the perfect hint of Fall flavors from the apples and caramelized onions. 

Although Kraft is pretty reputable, I am not sure they really know what they are doing in the chef department. I made a few tweaks to their recipe, because if I didn't I would have been eating crunchy apples and onions, no bueno! I think this would also be good with a little Dijon mustard mixed into the sauce, I will try that next time. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 large red apple, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (maple flavored is just fine)
  • 1/3 cup Italian dressing 
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Method:

Heat oven to 350°.

Heat a medium oven-proof skillet over medium high heat; spray with cooking spray. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in skillet. Let cook for 3 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Remove from heat. 



Add the sliced onions and apples on top of the chicken. Whisk the syrup and Italian dressing together and pour over chicken/apple/onion mixture. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper then pop into the oven for 25 minutes. 



At this point your chicken should be done, but the onions and apples will probably still be crunchy. Remove the chicken breasts, place on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Pop the onion and apples back into the oven for 10-15 more minutes until they are tender and caramelized.  



Serve with couscous or rice. 



TIP: If you do not have an oven proof pan, you can cover your regular skillet with several layers of foil to use in the oven.

Enjoy! 

5 comments:

  1. Looks delish! Would you have added the mustard into the recipe or on the side? I'm assuming in, but thought I'd check :)

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  2. Thanks! I would add it in the sauce at the end, just stir in about a tablespoon at the end once the onions and apples are cooked :)

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  3. Yum, I'm gonna have to try this! Thanks :)

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  4. I made this last weekend! It was so easy and delicious and Chris loved it so it made me look like a good wife, haha! Thanks :)

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  5. Yay! Awesome, I glad you guys liked it!! :)

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