Chicken with Apple Cider Sauce

by Michelle on September 29, 2009

Today the temperatures really dropped and it was finally light jacket weather. Fall is on it’s way! Even though I’m having a hard time letting go of summer, I do love fall. Our Sunset Maples are turning the most gorgeous apricot color and leaves are starting to cover our pastures. And I am sooooo looking forward to Halloween this year!

Since I’m in such a fall mood this week for Tyler Florence Fridays I made Chicken with Apple Cider Sauce served over a bed of lightly Sauteed Fresh Apples. This simple dish was absolutely outstanding! When I had finished my Chicken with Cider Sauce I wanted more, so I’m thinking we might have it again for tomorrow’s dinner.

I made this dish exactly as written except I cut down the vinegar to 1 tsp. And I breaded the chicken breasts in flour, pecan meal, salt and pepper and sauteed it in EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and a teeny bit of butter. To make the bed of sauteed apples, just slice fresh apples a heavy 1/4″ thick and lightly saute in EVOO and butter until just barely soft. Make sure you do not over cook the apples because they will be too soft and difficult to stack.

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Chicken with Apple Cider Sauce
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

2 TBL vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves **See NOTE
2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 TBL unsalted butter
1 TBL apple cider vinegar (I used 1 tsp vinegar)
3/4 c apple cider
1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth
1 TBL fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

Preheat a medium to large skillet over medium-high heat, for about 1 minute or until the surface of the pan is hot. Add the oil and heat until rippling on the surface. Pat the chicken breast dry and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the pan and cook until the meat is golden, about 4 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts, lower the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of the butter. Cook until firm to the touch or an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F, about 4 to 6 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a plate to rest.

Pour off any fat remaining in the skillet. Add the vinegar and deglaze over medium-high heat, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the cider and the broth. Bring to a boil and cook until it thickens to form a sauce, about 6 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice and thyme leaves. Return the chicken to the pan, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve.

NOTE: I breaded the chicken breasts in about 1/2 c. flour, 1/4 c. pecan meal, salt and pepper. Whip the egg. Dredge the chicken in the flour mix. Brush whipped egg on each breast and dredge again in the flour mix.

Sauteed Apple Slices
Recipe developed by Big Black Dog

2 apples (I used a Macintosh and a Granny Smith)
1 TBL EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 tsp butter

Slice apples into 1/2″ thick slices. Heat EVOO and butter until melted. Add slices of apple careful to not over lap any slices. Flip slices over to cover all sides with EVOO/butter. Heat until apple is just barely tender. Remove and set aside.

To serve arrange apple slices in an appealing manner in the middle of a plate and place 1 chicken breast on top. Drizzle with the warm Cider Sauce.

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  • My Carolina Kitchen September 29, 2009 at 9:43 am

    What gorgeous photos. The recipe sounds wonderful. I’ll definitely have to try this one. It’s getting chilly here in the mountains also. Forty-four this morning. The leaves will start changing today for sure.
    Sam

  • Mrs. P. September 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    This looks like my kind of dish! Thanks for posting. And I love your kitchen. Thanks for sharing your remodel. A very inspiring workspace :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

  • Sarah M September 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    This looks delicious! I love Tyler Florence.. and especially this adaptation! Yum.

  • Kayte September 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    This looks absolutely fabulous and what a great dish for this time of year. Wonderful!

  • Lori E September 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    M O U T H W A T E R I N G.
    Oh my that looks good.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies September 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    That looks so good!!
    I have a bushel of apples from the orchard. I will definitely make this soon. I have this week’s done, but maybe next week.

  • Danielle September 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    oh Michelle….that looks incredible! With all the chicken I cook, any new recipe is a great addition!

  • Kim September 30, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Oh dear…I’m salivating over here! I’m going to have to cook this up right away. That looks like seriously terrific comfort food. Wonderful pictures- beautiful!

  • Brian the old man September 30, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Mouth is watering. That sounds soooo good!

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) September 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, Michelle! That is beautifully presented. Enjoy Fall :)

  • susan October 2, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I’ve got some cider in the pantry and this will be on the menu next week! It sounds and LOOKS divine. I agree-there is nothing prettier than maple trees in the fall! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Karen October 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Our family just took a vote: This is the next meal I’m preparing! Mouthwatering picture.
    I’ll be back.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  • Kathleen October 2, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I made it EXACTLY like the recipe exzcept…
    LOL, Michelle you are too funny..
    It looks excellent..thanks for sharing it..
    Haven’t seen you lately..
    You are missing all my BS/WS bargain posts! :)

  • Really Rainey October 2, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I am always looking for new menu ideas as I have a house full of family living with me at the moment! Thanks so much, this chicken looks fantastic and like something everyone would like too!

    Rainey

  • Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE October 2, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I will definitely try this dish. It looks so tasty….Love your blog, thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, your entire presention is wonderful….thanks for sharing…come visit me soon…Phyllis

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen October 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Ooooh, this sounds delightful!

  • Mary October 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    This looks delicious. I’m especially anxious to try your sauteed apples. They are perfect with the chicken. Have a great day.

  • food with style October 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    beautiful dish!

  • Vicki Ziesemer October 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I made this dish the same day you posted it- DELICIOUS! I added a little cornmeal and substituted walnuts for pecans….this is a keeper! I will try same recipe for pork :)

  • Lisa October 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    What great fall flair! This recipe sounds delicious.

  • Debinhawaii October 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I have been wanting to try this one–it looks so good and especially with those apples, perfect.

  • Jenny October 5, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Sounds good. I have a bushel of apples sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be used too.

  • Chaya August 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    This is my kind of meal. Adding apples to the chicken is typical amazing Tyler and you have made it look spectacular.

  • Chaya August 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

    In the next two weeks, I am cooking and baking from blogs all over FoodieLand. Your blog has too many good recipes. I am printing this one, hopefully, for next week.

    • Alia April 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      So yamiii

  • Aimee Hall April 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Lovely presentation :) The chicken looks amazing.

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