My four month old learned to roll over this past week. I was one proud mama the first time I saw her do it and we sat there grinning at each other for a few mintues. Then it dawned on both of us that she was now on her stomach and the tummy isn't her favorite place to be. After a few minutes of some frustrated screeching into the carpet (I didn't even know she could make those kind of noises) I had pity on her and rolled her back onto her back. She gave me the biggest smile in the world - and promptly rolled back onto her stomach. Repeat this a few dozen times and you'll see why I needed a dinner that didn't have much hands on time. And why I'm praying that she learns to roll the other way soon.
Luckily, it doesn't get much easier or tastier than this chicken recipe. Roasted chicken? Delicious. Homemade applesauce? Wonderful. A chicken recipe where the roasting and the applesauce are made at the same time and I hardly have to lift a finger? I think I'm in love. Bonus that it includes fresh sage (read:delicious). It uses chicken thighs, and I know some people aren't dark meat fans but in this recipe it is perfect because it stays moist after roasting and tastes wonderful with the applesauce afterward. If you find yourself needing an easy meal that tastes like fall and requires little work, look no farther.
Chicken Thighs with Roasted Apples and GarlicPublished 10/16/2012
- 5 cups chopped peeled Braeburn apples (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Heat oven to 475 degrees F.
- Combine first 5 ingredients. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to coat. Spread apple mixture on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and arrange on top of apple mixture. Bake at 475 degrees F for 25 minutes or until chicken is done and apple is tender. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
- Partially mash apple mixture with a potato masher; serve with chicken.
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Recipe Source: Cooking Light