Simple, Family-Friendly Dinner: Apple- Thyme Chicken

Herbs can grow outdoors year round here in Southern California. I have good luck with sage, mint, rosemary, lavender, chives & thyme. They all grow like weeds, and I feel so sustainable when I’m able to utilize what is growing on our land. The thyme happens to be planted right underneath an area where our main sprinkler systems are housed. The inevitable dribble helps keep the thyme healthy and growing. And it’s good for dinners like this: Apple Thyme Chicken.

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This wonderfully simple recipe is perfect for a lower fat, lower calorie dinner.   The chicken breasts are simply salted & peppered, covered with sliced apples, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh thyme & shallots.
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The apples ooze a bit of their juices during baking, and that mixes with the balsamic for a small amount of syrupy sauce to spoon over the chicken before serving.
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The chicken remains tender and moist- as long as it’s not overbaked.  I like to plug in a remote meat thermometer (couldn’t live without this one) and pull it out at 165 degrees F.  Baking time should be 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.  If you pound out the breasts so that they’re a similar thickness, they’ll cook more evenly and will all be done at the same time.

This one was a big hit with the family because, well… who doesn’t like apples?  Baked sliced sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli rounded out this easy dinner.  The chicken is 270 calories (6 weight watcher points).

This recipe can be found here: Apple Thyme Chicken

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30 Responses to “Simple, Family-Friendly Dinner: Apple- Thyme Chicken”

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    RobinSue — February 20, 2009 @ 5:37 AM

    Lori what a perfectly beautiful presentation. I bet if I served this to company they would think I was so gourmet! Will bookmark for sure!

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    Pigpigscorner — February 20, 2009 @ 5:44 AM

    Sounds like a simple and healthy meal! And they look deilcious! I really need more low calorie recipes now.

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    nina — February 20, 2009 @ 6:01 AM

    A clever combination and the apple at the same time flavors and moistens. Delish!

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    Culinarywannabe — February 20, 2009 @ 6:30 AM

    Great dish to “trick” everyone into eating something healthier. I like that it’s a delicious chicken dish that doesn’t involve cheese – I find those are hard to come by.

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    lisaiscooking — February 20, 2009 @ 6:35 AM

    This looks light and delicious! I’m jealous of you thyme growing so easily. I’ve had terrible luck with growing thyme in the last few years, and I miss having it right outside.

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    5 Star Foodie — February 20, 2009 @ 6:50 AM

    Looks wonderful, healthy and delicious! Love the combo of apples and thyme.

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    Judy — February 20, 2009 @ 7:07 AM

    What a great weeknight recipe! I can set this up and have it all ready to pop into the oven and 30 minutes later have dinner!

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    patsyk — February 20, 2009 @ 7:13 AM

    Love this type of recipe! Gonna try that one soon!

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    Elle — February 20, 2009 @ 7:16 AM

    Another great recipe, Lori! This looks wonderful, and quick, too.

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    Elyse — February 20, 2009 @ 7:25 AM

    Oh my goodness! This looks soooo good. I’m a huge fan of herbs. I wonder if starting an herb garden in the Bay Area would work? We do seem to be in the rainy season right now, but maybe over the summer when the climate is so temperate?

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    Sara: Our Best Bites — February 20, 2009 @ 9:07 AM

    Yum, that looks SO good. I love apples with chicken and anything with fresh herbs is a plus in my book! I haven’t had a lot of luck growing them indoors though, and guess what? I’m a licensed horticulturist! lol

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    Cheryl — February 20, 2009 @ 9:41 AM

    I can’t wait to try this. The apples sound like the perfect touch to the dish!

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    Laura — February 20, 2009 @ 10:55 AM

    Apples, chicken, balsamic vinegar, thyme… this dish MUST be wonderful!

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    kellypea — February 20, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

    When you mentioned this on twitter my ears perked up! Love the combo of flavors and absolutely so healthy. Very nice.

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    Aimee — February 20, 2009 @ 12:54 PM

    I envy your herb garden! Mine is buried under three feet of snow right now.
    Looks delish!

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    dawn — February 20, 2009 @ 1:20 PM

    What a gorgeous layout of such a simple to prepare meal. I will have to bookmark this little gem.

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    Jillian — February 20, 2009 @ 6:49 PM

    These flavors sound so good together. I have fresh thyme year round here too- I just dig it out from the snow :)

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    sharon — February 20, 2009 @ 8:58 PM

    I’ve seen so many ways to prepare chicken, but this one is unique! I love the use of apples.

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    VeggieGirl — February 21, 2009 @ 4:23 AM

    Mmm, I LOVE that you served this with sweet potatoes – my favorite!! :-)

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    grace — February 21, 2009 @ 6:52 AM

    gorgeous plate, ma’am! i’m a recent convert to thyme-loving, and i’ve always enjoyed apples and chicken, so this appeals to me very much. nicely done!

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    Laurie V — February 21, 2009 @ 8:23 AM

    This looks fabulous Lori. I love apples in my poultry dishes and the addition of thyme sprinkled on top looks lovely.

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    Jason — February 21, 2009 @ 9:18 AM

    That is a great looking recipe, I am going to have to give it a try sometime!

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    Shari — February 21, 2009 @ 11:53 AM

    This sounds so simple and delicious!

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    Stacey Snacks — February 21, 2009 @ 1:56 PM

    RG,
    I may have to try this recipe.
    It looks so simple and good.
    Hey, stop showing off about your fresh herbs! It’s still 30 degrees here in the east!

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    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — February 21, 2009 @ 8:03 PM

    What a nice, light and quick dish! I really love apples in savory dishes. This one looks like a winner!

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    Girl Japan — February 22, 2009 @ 2:30 AM

    I had no idea this was chicken, looking rather chic and of course yum inviting!

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    Betsy — February 22, 2009 @ 10:16 AM

    I love anything with apples. Any suggestion for a sub for the thyme?

    Thanks. Love your blog.

    • RecipeGirl replied: — February 22nd, 2009 @ 10:35 AM

      Betsy- A sub for the thyme… you could try some herbs de provence or perhaps sage.

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    rebecca — February 23, 2009 @ 7:10 AM

    I tried this recipe last night…it was super simple and super delicious! Thanks for the great healthy recipe :)

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    Michele — February 27, 2009 @ 5:37 AM

    This looks wonderfully yummy! Conveniently, we have fresh thyme on hand. I will be trying this soon.