pink lady candy apple chicken

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~ pink lady candy apple chicken ~

I was inspired to make a dish featuring the beautiful Pink Lady apple. Jeff loves this apple-onion sauce on Ritz crackers, and I thought…why not chicken? It turned out great. Serve with wedges of extra sharp cheddar cheese.

For the Chicken:

4 large chicken breasts (any type)

1/4 cup white wine

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

Thaw chicken and bake in a glass baking dish with the wine, oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until completely heated through and juices run clear. OR marinate in the oil, wine, slat and pepper and grill.

for the candy apple sauce:

4-5 large Pink Lady apples, cubed

2 small onions, cut into thin rings

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 Tablespoons butter

nutmeg, salt and pepper

2 Tablespoons red hots candy

Saute apples and onions over medium-low heat in butter until they begin to caramelize. (Tender and lightly browned.) Add the red hots (cinnamon heart candy.) Cook over very low heat, uncovered for 20 minutes, (until deep, hot pink and sticky.) Watch close, don’t burn. Stir occasionally.

Spoon sauce over the baked/grilled chicken breasts.



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  4 comments for “pink lady candy apple chicken

  1. November 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll admit the title sounded a little scary – I had visions in my head of candy apples on sticks mixed with chicken – you know, like the type you get at funfairs and carnivals and Disneyland and stuff 😀 The photos and recipe changed my mind though – it sounds and looks really great – I don’t think I ever tried apple and chicken together either!

    • Melissa
      November 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Hee hee…well, don’t be tempted to use more of the candy than the recipe calls for. The first time I made it I thought more would be better…Ah, no. LOL. Just a little bit to give it the pretty pink color. The apples and onion caramelize up very nicely, and are plenty sweet enough. 😉

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. April 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I live in the UK and don’t have cinnamon heart candy. Any ideas what I could use as a substitute?? Love the idea

    • Melissa
      April 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Emma 🙂

      You could substitute cinnamon and sugar (to taste) in place of the candy. For color, add a couple drops of red food coloring to the apple mixture.

      Hope this helps!

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