Chicken and Spiced Apples

Chicken and Spiced Apples
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Recipe type: Entrees
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Serves: 6
 
The apples and cinnamon give this easy to prepare chicken dish, a special warmth. Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes).
Ingredients
  • 2 apples, preferably Brae-burn, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 teaspoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 1⅛ teaspoon Herbs de Provence, (see note), divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Toss apple slices with lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Keep warm.
  4. Mix 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper.
  5. Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or the bottom of a small saucepan to a ½-inch thickness.
  6. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
  7. Heat 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over high heat.
  8. Add half the chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  9. Remove to a platter and keep warm.
  10. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter to the skillet; heat over high heat. Cook the remaining chicken in the same manner.
  11. Add broth, lemon zest, the remaining ⅛ teaspoon herbs and any accumulated juices from the chicken to the skillet.
  12. Cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.
  13. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with sauteed apples.
Notes
* Cook’s Notes
Herbs de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs commonly used in the south of France. You can find commercial mixtures in specialty stores, but it is easy to make your own. Mix 1 tablespoon each (or equal proportions) dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and savory in a small jar. If desired, add a pinch of dried lavender and crushed aniseed.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 191 Fat: 6g Saturated fat: 2g Unsaturated fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 6g Sodium: 351 Fiber: 1g Protein: 27g