William Meppem
Hands-On Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4

On the table in 25 minutes or less, this autumnal chicken dinner offers a big payoff (tons of flavor) with very little investment. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are browned, then simmered with sliced apple, onion, garlic, and a touch of mustard, for a part-sweet, part-savory entrée that’s surprising and satisfying. You’ll want a firm, crisp apple, such as Braeburn, Jonagold, or Granny Smith. Serve the finished dish with mashed potatoes or butternut squash for a simple, all-things-fall feast any time of year. File this one under “Fancy enough for a dinner party.” Nobody else needs to know it’s this easy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place each chicken-breast half between 2 sheets of wax paper and pound with a meat mallet until about ¾ inch thick.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the chicken until golden, about 3 minutes per side.

Step 3

Add the apple slices, apple juice, onion, garlic, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Simmer, covered, 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender.

Step 4

Remove the chicken, apple slices, and onion to a serving platter and keep warm.

Step 5

Bring the sauce to a boil for about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Whisk in the mustard. Pour the sauce over the chicken.

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