Updated from the recipe archive. Originally posted in 2004.
We first posted this recipe years ago, it came from my dear friend Heidi H in Carlisle, Massachusetts. I think she got a version of it from the Boston Globe. With apple season upon us, it is timely again. This is a quick and easy chicken dish for a mid-week meal. Apple slices cook alongside chicken breasts and everything comes together with a simple honey mustard sauce.
The sauce this recipe produces is fairly mild. If you would like a more intensely honey-mustard sauce, double up on the apple cider/mustard/honey mixture and skip the broth. Whatever you do, do not use red delicious apples for this recipe. That variety of apple simply does not cook well.
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 small unpeeled apples, cored and cut into eighths (use Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Jonagold, Pippin, or McIntosh apples, good cooking apples)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Fresh parsley for garnish
1 Whisk cider, cornstarch, mustard, honey, salt and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. Set aside.
2 Salt the chicken well and dust in flour. Shake off the excess.
3 In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil on medium to medium high heat. Once the oil is hot add the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, about 3-4 minutes. Turn chicken, add apples, and cook until the chicken has browned on the other side.
4 Add chicken broth and cider mixture to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and simmer until chicken is tender, about 15 minutes.
5 With slotted spoon, remove chicken and apples to serving plates. Spoon sauce over chicken and apples and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with rice or noodles.