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Juicy Chicken Saute with Apple and Onions. A quick recipe that's ready in about 30 minutes. Keep this recipe in mind for busy weeknights.
I'm always looking for a recipe to add a an extra kick to chicken. This chicken sauté recipe uses simple ingredients I have on hand. Apple adds a bit of sweetness and onion and brown sugar adds caramelly depth.
Ingredients for Chicken Sauté
Chicken: Depending on how many you servings you need, plan on a 4-5 ounce portion of chicken. Most chicken breast halves run 8-10 ounces. Cutting chicken into smaller equal portions helps it cook more evenly.
And really a 4-5 ounce portion of protein is really what you should aim for when heating a healthy diet.
Apple: For this recipe, I use any type of apple I happen to have on hand. Usually a tart apple will give you the best flavor.
Onion: When available I use a sweet onion. They are usually available at my grocery store.
Garlic: Mincing garlic is easy with a press, but I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge. It's convenient and saves on clean up.
Vinegar: I love white wine vinegar. It has a mildly tart flavor that imparts just enough sour to my recipes.
Olive Oil: I prefer to use olive oil for sautéing. Extra virgin olive oil has a lot of flavor and is a healthy substitute for butter.
Dark Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is a staple at my house and I can count on it being in the cabinet. Dark brown has more flavor.
Spices: Spices are simple in this recipe, including basil, salt and pepper.
Easy Substitutions When You Need Them
Sometimes we have almost all the ingredients for a recipe, but are missing just one. So frustrating, but you can often find a substitution.
Chicken breasts can be substituted with chicken thighs.
Out of apples, slice up a firm, not too ripe pear.
For vinegar, you can really use any type you have on hand. Apple cider vinegar adds a lot of flavors, start with 2 tablespoons rather than a 1/2 cup. Balsamic vinegar will add a little sweet flavor.
I always have olive oil on hand, but if you are out consider healthy canola oil.
If you are out of brown sugar, consider molasses, honey or maple syrup. In a pinch, you could use dark corn syrup.
Mix it up with spices. Consider adding cinnamon, nutmeg, or even cardamom.
Side Dishes with Chicken Sauté with Apple & Onion
Looking for other chicken recipes? Check out my Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes post for more dishes that use simple flavorful ingredients and are ready in less than an hour.