Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Apple + Chicken Bake

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These apples aren’t going to eat themselves! As you may have picked up on, I am much more confident in my baking skills than my cooking skills, especially since I prefer vegetables to meat. But occasionally I’ve got to show my man that I can make it happen, thus a fun new date night dinner recipe!

This dish has got a bit of everything—something sweet and crunchy, something savory and meaty, all swimming in a warm, comforting broth. Mmm!

We paired it a small salad and side of rice. And let me tell ya…the extra broth was excellent spooned over a bed of rice. My favorite part was enjoying the crunchy apple slices strewn throughout the sauce. They were little sweet bursts amongst the savory.

GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE APPLE + CHICKEN BAKE

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cooking apples (like Jonagolds), cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp dairy-free butter substitute
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  3. In large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil then add chicken cooking until golden, roughly 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to plate reserving the drippings in the pan.
  4. Add the onions and apples to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beginning to soften.
  5. In small bowl, whisk the chicken broth and honey mustard until well combined then add to the skillet. Bring to a boil.
  6. Add the chicken back to the skillet then transfer to the oven until chicken if fully cooked, roughly 20 minutes. Check them by slicing on in the thickest part.
  7. In another small bowl, whisk together the butter and flour to form a paste.
  8. Transfer the chicken, apples and onions to a serving platter before bringing the remaining juices to a simmer.
  9. Slowly whisk in the butter and flour paste. Allow to boil and thicken for about 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Season with salt and pepper to taste then pour over chicken and serve.