Baked apples and chicken combine for an autumnal meal that's ready in less than 45 minutes.
5 cups chopped peeled Braeburn apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
8 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Chopped parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 475°.
Combine first 5 ingredients. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to coat. Spread apple mixture on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and arrange on top of the apple mixture. Bake at 475° for 25 minutes or until chicken is done and apple is tender. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
Partially mash apple mixture with a potato masher, and serve with chicken. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
This was delicious and very easy to make. I typically don't enjoy chicken thighs as the main course, but with the apples, sage, and garlic, it was surprisingly tasty. I didn't expect them to get so much flavor from being on top of the apple mixture, but they certainly did, in addition to the freshly ground pepper and sea salt with which I seasoned them. Have saved this recipe and will serve it again!
This is a wonderful recipe. I used bone-in thighs and browned them first because I like the flavor browning adds. With the bone-in I still roasted for 25 mins. I served with Cider and Bacon sauce from this recipe http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1011270&cookbook_id=4837733 I used the browning pan to make the sauce...everything is better with bacon. It added the final flavor touch. Next time I may add butternut squash or parnips to the roasting pan. I think they would add an interesting flavor kick. I also served with cider carrots. Everyone raved...it was a suprisingly elegant weekend night meal.
I'm not sure we will be making this again. I didn't find that the apples gave the chicken that much flavor. My husband was sweet and ate it, but if he doesn't ask for seconds, it's not going in to the rotation.