Apple Cider Chicken

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  •  4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (1-1 1/4 pounds total)
  •  Salt & freshly ground pepper
  •  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  •  2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced
  •  1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  •  1 teaspoon dried thyme
  •  1/2 cup apple cider
  •  1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  •  1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
  •  1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

 Preparation 

1.  Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

2.  Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add apples, shallots and thyme. Cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cider and broth; bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

3.  Return chicken and juices to pan; reduce heat to low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a warmed platter. Stir sour cream and parsley into sauce. Season with salt and pepper and spoon over chicken.

Nutrition: Per serving: 216 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 65 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 2 g fiber; 149 mg sodium; 311 mg potassium.

By Christina Molinski, RD 

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