Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Challenge #5- Apple-Spinach Chicken

What, is that title right? A recipe with no pumpkin? Yes, it is correct. My  number five recipe in my Fall Cooking Challenge is really good, too. Everything I like in a recipe: yummy, simple, and healthy! I highly recommend it!

Source of image and recipe
Apple-Spinach Chicken
Adapted from here

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard We're not big mustard people, so I used 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce + dash of cumin
1/2 cup apple cider
1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
6 cups fresh baby spinach or chopped Swiss chard


1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and add to skillet. Cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until well-browned. Remove to plate. Cover and keep warm.
2. Add garlic, mustard, cider and apples to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes. Return chicken and juices to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.
3. Add spinach to pan, and toss until wilted, about 1 minute. Serve hot.
Browning the chicken

Cooking apples and the sauce

After adding the chicken and letting it finish cooking

After adding the baby spinach

We will definitely be making this again! I think next time I'll cut the chicken breasts in half so they cook faster, but that would be my only modification. 

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