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Rosemary Chicken and Apples Dinner Recipe

Sneak some fruit into dinner with roasted apples that perfectly complement aromatic chicken. Plus, get lunch out of the leftovers!
 

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Serves 4 | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients:
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 lb bone-in chicken thighs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 apples, cut in ½" chunks
Directions:
 
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a shallow baking sheet with cooking spray.
 
2. Combine three cloves garlic with rosemary.
 
3. Spread rosemary-garlic mixture under the skin of each thigh; season with salt and pepper.
 
4. Whisk together honey and vinegar until smooth.
 
5. Mix three cloves garlic with apples and spread on bottom of pan; top with chicken, leaving room between each thigh.
 
6. Place in the center of the oven and roast 15 minutes; remove from oven and brush chicken with honey mixture. Return to oven and cook until a meat thermometer reads 165°F, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a platter.
 
7. Use a large fork to coarsely mash apples; serve alongside chicken.
 
Side dish: While the chicken roasts, whip up some sauteed spinach with onion and olive oil.
 
Next Day's Lunch: Chicken Cheddar Wraps
  • You’ll need: lettuce, whole-wheat tortillas, shredded carrots, sliced chicken, reduced-fat Cheddar 
  • To make: Place lettuce on tortilla. Top with shredded carrots, chicken, and cheese. Roll tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.
 
 

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