Apple Chicken and Rice Recipe
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Apple Chicken and Rice Recipe

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"The first time we tried this lightly sweet chicken, I knew I's be making it for a long time to come," says Nadene MacLeod of Springfield, Massachusetts. "I serve it with a salad and bread."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 package (6 ounces) chicken-flavored rice mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Analysis: One 1-1/4 cup serving (prepared with reduced-sodium broth) equals 391 calories 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 818 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fruit.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon butter until juices run clear; remove and keep warm. Set seasoning packet from rice mix aside. In the same skillet, saute rice mix in remaining butter for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add the water, broth, apple juice, apple, mushrooms, onion, cranberries and contents of rice seasoning packet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Return chicken to the pan; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apple Chicken and Rice in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p39

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Analysis: One 1-1/4 cup serving (prepared with reduced-sodium broth) equals 391 calories 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 818 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fruit.

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Delicious and very easy to make. We enjoyed this a great deal. I"

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"I completely modified this recipe to reduce the sodium content. I used whole grain rice instead of the boxed chicken rice & put everything into my dutch oven. Baked it all together for an hour & 15 minutes. I also added some cinnamon to it & dried cherries vs the cranberries. The chicken was really tender with a good flavor but the rice was a little bland. Was missing something that I haven't put my finger on yet."

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Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"Deliious- my family raves about it. Very easy to make."

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"I made this for dinner and my husband and we loved it. He said that it is a keeper. To make it healthier I substituted Smart Balance Buttery Spread for the butter. Just be sure that it is the kind that you can use for cooking and baking. I didn't have dried cranberries so I used dried currants instead. My husband said that the leftovers tasted even better."

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"I've made this a few times now, and it is always easy and delicious. The last time I didn't have chicken flavored rice, so I used a wild and brown rice mix and added 1/4 tsp of poultry seasoning. I also omit the mushrooms. Yum."

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