Monday, December 19, 2011

Apple Baked Chicken

I love this one because I can prep it in the morning, my husband can pop it in the oven when he gets home, and it's done by the time I get home. It also makes the whole house smell fantastic.

*Serves 2-4*

1 Whole chicken
1 cup Chicken broth (*Look for a box with no sugar added and low sodium.)
1 Large gala apple
2 Tbsp Unsalted butter
1 Tbsp Dried rosemary
Garlic Powder
Coarse salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place whole chicken in a square glass baking dish (be sure to remove giblets first). Cut the apple into small slices, saving six for later, and arrange them in the baking dish all around the chicken. Put the apple core and any larger slices that don't fit into the baking dish into the chicken cavity. Cut three deep slices into each side of the chicken breast. Insert an apple slice into each. Cut one Tbsp of the butter into small slices and put under the skin all over the chicken. Soften the other Tbsp of butter in the microwave, then spread it on the outside of the chicken. Lightly pour the chicken broth on top of the chicken, allowing it to run off into the baking dish to partially submerge the apple slices. Cover the chicken with the coarse salt, garlic powder and rosemary. Bake for 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours (until chicken is well browned and crispy).

After the chicken has cooled and been served, remove any leftover meat from the carcass (especially the dark meat) and set aside in a storage container for use in a future recipe...

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