Here's another quick and easy dinner. Juicy, tender baked chicken topped with an apple cider glaze, accompanied by a side salad of thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples and fennel in a delightful shallot and apple vinaigrette. A wonderful quick, easy, healthy Fall dinner.
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Adapted from Bon Appetit
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb. total)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 small shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, crushed into a powder, or Dijon Mustard
- 5 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 cups mixed baby lettuces
- 1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced lengthwise with a mandoline or sharp knife
Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; set aside. Cut 1 small slice from apple; finely chop to make 1 Tbsp. minced apple. Transfer minced apple to a small bowl. Add shallot to bowl. Whisk in 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar and mustard. Let mixture macerate for 10 minutes. Whisk in 3 Tbsp. oil; season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Flip chicken and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until cooked through, 12–14 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, reserving skillet; set aside.
Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add cider, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan; boil until liquid is reduced by half, 2–3 minutes. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar. Remove pan from heat and swirl in butter. Season cider sauce with salt and set aside.
Thinly slice remaining apple and transfer to a medium bowl; add lettuces and fennel. Drizzle some vinaigrette over, season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Divide salad and chicken among plates; spoon sauce over chicken.