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Skillet Chicken with Cranberries & Apples

September/October 2011

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Celebrate the flavors of fall with chicken cooked in a fast apple-cranberry sauce. If you prefer a less tart flavor, try dried cranberries instead of fresh. Serve with quick-cooking wild rice and roasted Brussels sprouts.


Skillet Chicken with Cranberries & Apples

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders, trimmed and cut in half on the diagonal
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 crisp red apples, such as Braeburn, Fuji or Gala, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, quartered and sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice, divided
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preparation

  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken tenders with 1/4 teaspoon each thyme, salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a clean plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add apples, onion, 2 tablespoons cider (or juice) and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each thyme and salt. Stir to combine. Cook, stirring often, until the apples and onion are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cranberries and sprinkle flour over everything in the pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan and pour in the remaining cider (or juice). Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

Nutrition

Per serving: 287 calories; 10 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 4 g fiber; 496 mg sodium; 415 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (18% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Main Ingredient
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Fall
Winter
Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
4
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