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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cranberry Apple Chicken Served Over Quinoa

Original recipe from Amber Groeling, Hy-Vee Topeka Dietitian, adapted slightly. 

1 Tbs. olive oil
1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry, pounded into cutlets
Cranberry Apple Chutney, recipe below
3 cups cooked quinoa, directions below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil; when oil is hot, add chicken  and cook just until browned on each side.  Place cutlets into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is cooked throughout.

Cranberry Apple Chutney
½ yellow onion, diced
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
4 honey crisp apples
1 cup fresh cranberries
¼ cup granulated sugar (may substitute splenda)
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. lemon zest
1 ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. pure maple syrup

Using the same skillet that chicken breasts were cooked in, add onion to drippings in pan and cook over medium heat until softened, adding a bit of broth if needed to keep onions moist. When onions are softened, add vinegar, apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and salt; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook chutney for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender and chutney is slightly thickened.  Stir in lemon zest, juice and maple syrup.  (Chutney will thicken more as it cools.)

1 cup water
½ cup orange juice
1 cup uncooked quinoa

Bring water and orange juice to a boil in a 2-3 quart saucepan.  Add quinoa, bring back to a boil, cover and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the water.  Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. 

Serve chicken breasts on a bed of cooked quinoa, topped with warm chutney.

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Chef Alli