Thursday, September 15, 2016

My favorite fall recipe: Easy Roast Chicken With Apples

I am one of those who clings to summer and resists fall with everything I have. As the evenings start to be chilly and there’s a morning nip in the air, I have to face the music.  

Today, I can feel it.  I will come to accept that fall is coming and that's good.  For one thing, my ragweed allergies will be gone with the second hard frost. But don't let me bore you with them.

The second reason is access to the farmers’ stands with fresh veggies and fruit that abound this time of year. We are on the rural edge of a city and we have lots of working farms here.  Lucky us!

The strawberries are gone, but here come the apples and squash and so much more. We have tons of squash and tomato recipes.  Looking at those apples reminded me of my favorite apple recipe. 

 It’s one of many great recipes from  THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN, second edition.   

The apples give this dish an amazing taste!

1 4-pound chicken
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or dried
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 apples, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)   preferably Gala or Fuji – one of the sweeter varieties
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
½ cup chicken stock
1 bay leaf  
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sprinkle chicken with thyme, salt and pepper. Heat butter over medium high heat in a Dutch oven or ovenproof pot large enough to hold the chicken. Brown chicken on all sides, about 2 minutes a side, until golden.
Remove chicken from pot. Add apples and sauté for 2 minutes or until lightly golden. Drain fat. Add cider vinegar, chicken stock and bay leaf and bring to boil. Return chicken to pot, cover and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove cover and bake another 15 minutes or until juices run clear. Cut chicken into 4 portions and serve with apples and sauce. Serves 4.
That  recipe will be enough to make me glad of the seasonal change!

All to say.  I’ll just pull myself together, thank heavens for clear sinuses and head out happily to enjoy the bounty.  I’ll love the trees too, but it’s too early to talk about them.  Another day, my friends.

What about you?  Are you dragged kicking and screaming into fall? Or do you love the brisk weather and the other joys the season can bring?   Got a favorite fall recipe? Don't forget to let us know!

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