By Jana "Ultra"
This is a good recipe while going through chemo and a great taste
for fall. During treatments many of us prefer a sweet taste to other
flavors as a counter balance to the chemical taste in our mouths.
Apple Chicken is easy to prepare but more importantly, easy to
digest and can help keep things moving…if you know what I mean…because
apples are high in soluble fibers.
Onions and garlic are known to
have a mild antibacterial effect and chicken is a great form of
protein. The skin on the chicken can be removed before or after
cooking without altering the flavor of this dish, depending on
whether you are watching your weight or trying to gain lost pounds.
This is also the very first meal Ultra
ever prepared for Boychick on our very
first real date… a longer story…
Chicken parts (your choice)
Apple juice or cider
Cut up Apples (use one per person being served)
One large or 2 medium white onions
Sliced Minced garlic (3-4 cloves)
1. Rinse chicken parts and arrange,
flesh side down, in a flat pan or pot with sides at least 3"
2. Throw in garlic, minced (or in cloves, smashed with a knife
blade to allow flavor to escape)
3. Shake on cinnamon, salt and
pepper to taste
4. Pour in apple juice until it almost covers
5. Layer on the onion slices and then the cut up apples
Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cover loosely.
Don't be concerned if the cover doesn't fit well until the apples
7. After 10-15 minutes, turn chicken pieces and let the
layered ingredients get mixed in
8. Continue to simmer for 15-20
minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked
The great thing about this recipe
is that it can be done in 20 minutes or simmer longer for a richer
taste and it is even better re-heated the second day. It is also
easy to modify depending on what you have in the house:
- It is
great served over rice
You can layer in sliced potatoes at stage
5 in a taller pot
I almost always layer on a veggie a few moments
before serving to steam until done, with the lid off the pot. I use
asparagus, cauliflower, or broccoli
The sauce of apples and
onions makes a great salad dressing over lettuce or spinach for a
lunch or dinner salad the next day. Cut up chicken and add a few
nuts or seeds for crunch