Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Apple Cider Chicken and Veggies

Well, fall is definitely here! I love the transition from season to season. As summer passes to fall, so my appetite passes from fresh fruit and salads to one pot dinners with potatoes and pan gravy. And I love it all! I hope this recipe brings you warmth on these cool, crisp nights!

Begin by browning 4 chicken breasts in a big pot, then remove to a dish.

To the pot add a chopped onion. I always salt my onions, it helps to break down the onion nicely. Cook for a couple minutes.

Add to the onion a peeled and chopped potato and 2 peeled, chopped carrots. Let brown for a few minutes.

Add the chicken back into the pan, on top of the veggies.

Next add the apple cider, chicken broth, sage and dry mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover, cook for about 20 minutes, or til the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Remove chicken and veggies to a platter, cover to keep warm.

Return the remaining cooking juices to high heat. Add a slurry of water and flour and mix vigorously to prevent lumps. Cook, stirring, til thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. If you like a very smooth gravy you can pass it through a mesh colander and serve along side chicken and veggies. Enjoy:)

Apple Cider Chicken and Veggies

4 chicken breasts
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 c apple cider
1 c chicken broth
1 t sage
1/4 t dry mustard
salt and pepper
2 T flour
1/4 c water

Brown chicken in a large dutch oven over high heat, remove to a plate. Add in onion, salt and pepper, cook for 3-4 min. Add potato and carrots, cook for another 3-4 min. Place chicken in pot on top of veggies, add in cider, broth and seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or til chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender. Remove Chicken and veggies to a serving platter, cover to keep warm. Return cooking liquid to high heat. In a small dish combine flour and water and mix well. Pour flour mixture in pan, stirring vigorously until thickened. Taste for flavor and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve along side meat and veggies. Enjoy:)