Friday, October 12, 2007

Baked Maple Apple Chicken

And now for something a little different. This is a recipe that I recently ran across. I tweaked it a little bit and made it for dinner to night. It was quite good, so I thought I would share with you all.

It's really very easy.

Baked Maple Apple Chicken

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 onion, sliced
2 red cooking apples, sliced
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup Italian dressing (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a cast iron skillet, or other oven proof skillet, with cooking spray. Heat on medium high heat. Cut the chicken into pieces abut 2'' x 3''. Add chicken to skillet. Cook for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned. Say, like this:

Remove from heat.

Place sliced onion and apples on top of and around the chicken thus:

Mix the syrup and dressing. Pour over chicken.

Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. And taa-daa!

Serve with a nice green salad and make sure to spoon some of the syrup mixture over the chicken when you serve it. Mmmm.

You can, of course, use any Italian dressing, but I like to make it fresh. Here is a good recipe.

1 T Penzey's Tuscan Sunset mix
4 T red wine vinegar
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t sugar
5 T water
1/2 t sea salt

Mix all ingredients and let blend for a couple of hours before using.


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