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Chicken with Apples, Rosemary, and Blue Cheese

File this one under “Perfect Quick Weeknight Dinner.”  It can be hard to turn boring chicken into something great and healthy in under 30 minutes, but this recipe does just that.

A friend sent me this recipe a while back, and I finally got around to making it.  It turned out to be more delicious than it sounded – apples always go well with chicken, but the addition of a healthy amount of rosemary and Stilton resulted in a combination of flavors that was surprisingly good.  It worked, and worked well.  My one complaint: I found that it just needed more of everything.  In the recipe below, I doubled the amount of apples and rosemary used.  You could certainly double the amount of Stilton or other blue cheese (because when is more cheese a bad thing?), but since I doubled the apples and rosemary measurements in the recipe below, I don’t think you’ll need the extra cheese.  So put this one in the same category as my Chicken with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce: few ingredients + short cooking time = amazing results.

One year ago: Moussaka

Chicken with Apples, Rosemary, and Blue Cheese

Adapted from Epicurious

Makes 4 servings

Total time: 25 minutes


4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 unpeeled Honeycrisp or Fuji apples, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 ounces Stilton cheese,* or your favorite blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)

* If you don’t like blue cheeses, you can substitute another cheese.  Some shredded sharp cheddar might work nicely, as would dollops of brie or goat cheese.

1.  Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Melt the butter with the oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, then also lightly oil a small, rimmed baking sheet with extra-virgin olive oil or coat with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.  Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the rosemary.

2.  Cook the chicken in the skillet for 6 minutes or until browned on both sides, turning once.  Transfer the chicken to a plate, or to the baking sheet if using.  Add the apple slices to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened and lightly browned.  Put the chicken back in the skillet and spoon the apples around the chicken, placing a couple of slices over each breast.  If using the baking sheet, spoon the apples over the chicken.

3.  Bake the chicken and apples for 6 minutes or until the chicken feels slightly firm when pressed. Scatter the cheese over the chicken and apples. Continue baking another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the chicken is no longer pink in the center.  Serve the chicken with the apples.

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a great way to turn boring chicken in something new and exciting! I love blue cheese!

    January 23, 2012
  2. This is awesome.

    January 23, 2012
  3. Oh this looks so tasty! Love the apples in combination with blue cheese, this one is getting bookmarked right away!

    January 23, 2012
  4. What an interesting combo for chicken! Might have to try this pronto =)

    January 23, 2012
  5. That salad has all of my favorite things–I like that you’ve melted the blue cheese rather than just having it in crumbles. Buzzed!

    January 23, 2012
  6. Maziel #

    This looks so yummy, Definitely trying it this week!

    January 23, 2012
  7. Chicken and apples are such a great combination! This dish look elegant and sounds so delicious!

    January 24, 2012
  8. definitely a winning combination, and love how quick it is too :)

    January 27, 2012
  9. Yum! I’m always in need of new chicken recipes. I love the sweet paired with the salty. Thank you for sharing with me…and thank you for leaving sweet comments on my blog. They mean so much. I hope you are having a great weekend!

    January 28, 2012
  10. This is mouthwatering recipe and is looking very delicious!! Yum Yum!!! :)

    February 1, 2012
  11. Amazing! I wonder if it would taste as good with gruyere. I really want to try it!

    February 17, 2012
    • I think it would taste lovely with gruyere, definitely try it!

      February 17, 2012
  12. Jenn Merritt #

    Made this tonight. Delish

    June 5, 2012
  13. Deb Gross #

    Rave reviews from everyone who was lucky enough to be at my house, the evening, we had this for dinner!

    July 28, 2013

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