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Apple-Spinach Chicken

apple-spinach-chicken Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Molly Fitzsimons/Big Leo Productions

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach or chopped Swiss chard

Preparation


1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and add to skillet. Cook 5-6 minutes on each side or until well browned. Remove to plate, and keep warm.

2. Add next 4 ingredients (through apple slices) to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes. Return chicken and juices to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.

3. Add spinach to pan, and toss until wilted, about 1 minute. Serve hot.


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  • Andrea's wine pick: The chicken's zesty mustard and apple flavors call for a bone-dry Alsace Riesling. Look for Leon Beyer 2004 (around $17).
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast and 1/2 cup apple-spinach mixture)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 202
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 27g
Carbohydrate per serving: 12g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 67mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 238mg
Calcium per serving: 46mg

Good to Know

Adding fruit, like apples, to a main dish is a good way to sweeten it up and give it extra nutrients like fiber and vitamin C.

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