March 3, 2015

Apple Braised Chicken Thighs

This recipe was a surprise winner! (winner winner, chicken dinner) Alot of people are turned off by chicken thighs but when cooked properly, like they are in this dish, they can be incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful. The original recipe didn't call for Brussels sprouts but I can't resist them so they're making an appearance here :) Finishing the chicken on top of the apples and veggies adds in extra tastiness because all the juicy goodness from the chicken gets soaked into mixture. 

Apple Braised Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts and Red Onion
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Serves: 4, Serving Size: 2 thighs, 2/3 cup apple mixture, PointsPlus: 6
Ingredients:
  • 3 large apples of your choice (I used Gala)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 chicken thighs (2lbs), skinned
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 475f
  • Combine first 7 ingredients and season with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Place in the oven to cook while searing the chicken thighs
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Sear the chicken thighs on both sides until browned and remove skillet from heat
  • Remove the apple mixture from the oven and place the chicken thighs onto the baking sheet. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is done and the apples are tender
  • Divide the chicken thighs and apple mixture among bowls and garnish with fresh parsley
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