There comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s time for……..chicken! Well, that time has come for my baby girl, so I made a puree of chicken and honeycrisp apples. Honeycrisp apples are sweet and tender. They don’t last long at the stores, so if you see them make sure to bring some home. The meal for the rest of the family is an Apple Cider Chicken which will make your home smell wonderful and cozy.
I am very picky about chicken! I can’t stand going to the store only to find that the chicken breast is as large as my face!! EWW! I go for all natural or organic chicken that has no hormones or antibiotics and if possible fed a vegetarian diet. If the label doesn’t clearly state this…..then it isn’t. And if the chicken breast is as big as your face, you can be pretty sure that something’s been plumping up that chicken! Okay, enough about that…let’s cook!
Apple Chicken Puree
- 1/4 pound Chicken Breast Tenders, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 Honeycrisp Apple, peeled, cored and chopped (gala, granny smith or jonagold are also good options)
- 1 cup Water
Add chicken, apples and water to a small saucepan, cover and heat over medium heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and apples are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer apples and chicken to food processor, so you can control how much water is added.
Apple Cider Chicken
And for the rest of the family, this beautiful chicken saute will come together quickly for a healthy meal.
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3/4 pound Chicken breast tenders
- 1 Shallot, sliced
- 2 Apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
- 1 cup Apple Cider
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Salt and Pepper
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Saute on both sides for approximately 4 minutes per side, just until beginning to brown.
Remove chicken from pan and set aside. In the same pan, (if needed add a dash more oil) over medium heat, add the shallots, apples, thyme and bay leaf. Cook for about 5 minutes.
A note about chicken – you can use a whole package of chicken for this recipe you might just need to increase the apple cider a bit. You can also you whole chicken breast if you prefer. Just increase the cooking time to ensure the chicken is cooked through.