Saturday, October 20, 2007

Apple Thyme Chicken

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

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 apples, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup apple juice

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well. 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.

Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Dip apples in reserved marinade; set aside.

Combine the honey with the remaining marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, basting frequently with the honey marinade.

Grill apples, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes, basting and turning frequently or until lightly browned.

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.

Tips and Tricks
This recipe is great on the grill, but works well using a grill pan inside. Buy pretrimmed chicken to save time.
Make It Healthier
Use 100% juice applejuice.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients for marinade. Older kids can use a apple corer to slice apples.

Nutrition 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

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