Tired of the same dinnertime routine? Cheesy, creamy grits pair perfectly with savory chicken dish that’s brushed in an apple butter and spicy brown mustard glaze. Spicy Apple-Glazed Chick 'n' Grits makes for a unique and impressive 30-minute meal, and at just 371 calories, you won’t have to feel bad about going in for seconds. Apple butter can be hard to find in small jars, but it will keep in the refrigerator for over a year once opened. This is a meal the whole family will love.
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to a 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Combine the apple butter, mustard, salt, red pepper, and black pepper, brush over chicken. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
Spoon the Gorgonzola Cheese Grits into each of 4 shallow serving bowls. Top with chicken, and sprinkle with green onions.
Totals include Gorgonzola Cheese Grits.
This dish would pair well with collard greens, maple bacon or balsamic-glazed brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes or even butternut squash. You could also serve it with a light, green salad.
The grits are fantastic, especially if you love blue cheese. Creamy and perfect on a winter night. The glaze was dominated by the mustard and red pepper, and lives up to its "spicy" name, but I would definitely use double the apple butter and half the mustard next time. I also think, since both components of the dish are so strong flavored, I would serve them separately next time.
Was a little skeptical about using the apple butter, but the combination with the gorgonzola grits was great. The kids were less enthusiastic about the grits - not big fans of gorgonzola - but they ate up the chicken. Even my non-grits-eating hubby enjoyed the new flavors.
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