Nickel Free Chicken & Apple Cider Sauce

I’ve been making a lot of seasonal dishes lately and this one totally tops the list. It is sweet and creamy and loaded with protein from the chicken. This recipe is great for fall and winter, when apples and apple cider are in abundance. I prefer using sweet apples, such as gala or Fugi and purchasing apple cider from the grocery store. A multi-three step recipe, it’s fairly easy to follow. I encourage you to read through the recipe prior to making the dish. Even though the recipe is multiple steps, you don’t have to dirty too many dishes.

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Nickel Free Chicken & Apple Cider Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This seasonal nickel free chicken and apple cider sauce recipe is sweet and creamy. The recipe is great for fall and winter, when apples and apple cider are in abundance.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low nickel dinner recipes, low nickel recipes, nickel food allergy, nickel food allergy recipes, nickel free recipes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Christy Cushing at http://nickelfoodallergy.com/
Ingredients
The Sauce:
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
The Apples:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 large peeled apples, cored and cut into ¼ inch thick rings
The Chicken:
  • 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 boneless chicken breasts
Instructions
For the Sauce:
  1. Place the apple cider in a medium saucepan placed medium to high heat. Bring the cider to a boil and cook it for 15 minutes or until it reduces to ½ cup. Carefully pour the hot apple cider in a separate cup and let it cool.

  2. Using the same saucepan you used to boil the apple cider (without rinsing it), add the milk, cornstarch, mustard, black and red pepper. 

  3. Cook and stir the sauce on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken. If the sauce won't thicken, add 1 tsp extra cornstarch. Next pour and stir in the cooled reduced apple cider you previously set aside to the sauce mixture. Cook and stir until it starts making bubbles. Remove the sauce from the stove and set it aside.

For the Apples:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200. Place a large skillet pan on medium heat to melt the butter. Once the butter is melted add the apples. Cook the apples for 3-5 minutes per side or until they are soft and golden brown on both sides.

  2.  Next place the apples in a 9 inch by 13 inch glass Pyrex pan and place it into the preheated oven to stay warm while you cook the chicken breast. 

  3. You’ll reuse this skillet to bake the floured chicken breasts, so don’t rinse or clean out the melted butter.

For the Chicken:
  1. On a dinner plate, combine the flour, black pepper and red pepper. You’ll use this to flour the chicken breasts.

  2.  Before you flour the chicken breasts you need to pound it flat. Place plastic wrap on the counter, place the chicken on top of the plastic wrap and then place another piece of plastic wrap on top of the chicken so it’s completely covered. Then use a rolling pin to flatten and pound the chicken breast to ½” in thickness. Place the the flatten chicken in the flour and pepper mixture and coat it on both sides so it's completely breaded.

  3. Place the floured chicken breasts in the same skillet you used to brown the apples. Cook the chicken breasts over medium heat for 5-10 minutes on both sides or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Sometimes retaining the heat using a lid on top of the skillet will better ensure the chicken breast is thoroughly cooked.

  4. You now have two options, some apples or more apples. Once the chicken is finished cooking you can either place it on the dinner plate with apples on top only or first place 2-3 of the browned apple slices on a dinner plate and place the chicken breast over the apples and then place more browned apples on top of the chicken breasts. 

  5. Once the chicken and apples are arranged make sure the sauce is still warm / hot. Reheat the sauce if necessary and then pour it over the chicken and apples and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Marian’s Autumn Chicken with Dijon Cider Sauce on page 220-221 in More Healthy Homestyle Cooking: Family Favorites You’ll Make Again and Again (1999) by Evelyn Tribole.

 

I like to brown the apples while I make the apple cider sauce, once the boiled apple cider is set aside.

Place the browned sliced apples placed in a large Pyrex dish to transfer to the over so they stay warm while you cook the chicken breast.

The first couple times I made this recipe, I only placed the apples on top of the chicken. Then I began placing the apples both under and above the chicken breast!