Justin has a small obsession: apple cider. However, the apple cider powder packets weren’t cutting it for him. So, earlier last week, he bought quite a few apples, used his new slicer and dicer my sister gave him for Christmas, and mulled his own cider. Well, the sliced up and boiled apples were left over. So, the whole weekend I tried to figure out what I wanted to use it for. I knew I’d use some for pureed apples for Rhys. And, I also wanted some balsamic vinegar. Thus, I came up with apple balsamic chicken. It also helped that we now go to church from 1-4 and would want to eat pretty soon after church, so we used a crockpot! Perfect!
2 chicken thighs, or 4 chicken tenders
1/2 cup sliced apples
3/4 cup chicken stock
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 packet apple cider
1 cup brown rice
1) Mix the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider packet together.
2) Place the chicken and apples in the crockpot.
3) Sprinkle the garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, and lemon pepper on top.
4) Pour the mixture over it.
5) Cook on low for 2 hours.
6) After two hours,pull the chicken apart and stir.
7) Cook another 2 hours.
8) Cook some brown rice. It’ll take about 35-40 minutes.
9) Pour the chicken and apples over rice and enjoy!
If you aren’t feeling the rice, you can also pair this with mashed potatoes (the balsamic vinegar really makes it zing!), or a side salad (or on a salad).
Since Justin and I are the only ones in our family that eat real food (Rhys is still formula, rice cereal, and pureed baby food), I only cook for us two. But, this is an easily adjustable recipe.The apples don’t even have to be cooked ebfore hand. They were for us because that is how we came up withe the recipe.