If it’s January, then it’s time for warming casseroles that are both flavorful and easy to prepare. This dish gets a double dose of apple flavor from both tart Granny Smith apples and smooth Magners Irish Cider, produced in Ireland since 1935 from 17 varieties of apples. The sage adds a savory touch, a nice complement to the fruit. Serve it with green beans or a salad and a few boiled potatoes. This recipe originally appeared in my “Flavors of Ireland” cookbook.
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Magners Chicken with Apples and Sage
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 (6 ounce) boneless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
3/4 cup Magners Irish Cider
1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned (internal temperature should reach 165°F). Transfer chicken to a plate; cover.
2. Return skillet to medium heat and melt butter. Stir in shallots, apples, and sage. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until apples are nearly tender.
3. Add cider and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan. Cook for about 4 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Reduce heat, return chicken to skillet, and cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes, or until heated through.
4. To serve, place a chicken breast in center of a serving plate. Spoon sauce on top and serve with beans, salad, and potatoes.