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Apple Thyme Chicken Recipe
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Apple Thyme Chicken Recipe

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Apples and chicken may seem like an unusual combination, but they make a wonderful meal when grilled to perfection, The thyme marinade gives a boost of flavor and tenderizes the chicken nicely. —Peter Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons apple juice
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup sauce) equals 266 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fruit.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Pour half of the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Dip apples in reserved marinade; set aside. Combine honey with the remaining marinade.
  3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until a meet thermometer reads 170°, basting frequently with the honey marinade.
  4. Grill apples, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes, basting and turning frequently or until lightly browned.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine the cornstarch, thyme and apple juice until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice the grilled apples; stir into sauce. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apple Thyme Chicken in Light & Tasty August/September 2002, p39

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup sauce) equals 266 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fruit.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

simple for beginners and so yummy

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

I made this with the apple juice, cider vinegar, oi & fresh thyme & only marinaded for 1hr then grilled on the grill (I made sure I made enough marinade to cover the breasts completely in a bowl). I poured some of the marinade over the chicken while cooking and drizzled honey over it too. I didn't make the apples or the sauce. My family really enjoyed the chicken. This was was so much easier then all the steps they wanted you to do. I did cut the entire breast in half so the marinade would go into the meat easily. This is a keeper for us. Fresh thyme is the key too for a great taste. I used about 2-3 tsp of fresh.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

I made this with the apple juice, cider vinegar, oi & fresh thyme & only marinaded for 1hr then grilled on the grill (I made sure I made enough marinade to cover the breasts completely in a bowl). I poured some of the marinade over the chicken while cooking and drizzled honey over it too. I didn't make the apples or the sauce. My family really enjoyed the chicken. This was was so much easier then all the steps they wanted you to do. I did cut the entire breast in half so the marinade would go into the meat easily. This is a keeper for us. Fresh thyme is the key too for a great taste. I used about 2-3 tsp of fresh.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

I made this with the apple juice, cider vinegar, oi & fresh thyme & only marinaded for 1hr then grilled on the grill (I made sure I made enough marinade to cover the breasts completely in a bowl). I poured some of the marinade over the chicken while cooking and drizzled honey over it too. I didn't make the apples or the sauce. My family really enjoyed the chicken. This was was so much easier then all the steps they wanted you to do. I did cut the entire breast in half so the marinade would go into the meat easily. This is a keeper for us. Fresh thyme is the key too for a great taste. I used about 2-3 tsp of fresh.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

The chicken turned out good, the apples were okay. Will make it again, maybe without the apples?!?

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