Weeknight Simple:Cider-Glazed Chicken

November 1, 2010

I’m pleased to share with you today a recipe featuring chicken that did not run away. This chicken must not be in the Cool Chicken Clique, because he stayed in my refrigerator long enough to gobble him down.

This recipe is perfect for a weeknight: the chicken is a one-pan affair, and the cider glaze is a lovely nod to fall flavors, and you really can get this meal on the table in 30 minutes, if you put the rice on to cook before you begin. Add your favorite veg and you’re good to go.

When I make this again–and I will–I think I’ll double the recipe for the glaze. I like my chicken saucy. Plus, the glaze is delicious when it soaks into the rice. If you have a little extra time or motivation, a bed of mashed potatoes would also work nicely. Since I have a rather marked mashed potato addiction, I erred on the side (backside?) of safety and stuck with rice.

Whatever you decide to serve with it, this dish is something that (if you serve the parsley on the side) even children will consume. Bonus!

Cider-Glazed Chicken

from Cooking Light magazine

serves 4

1/2 tablespoon butter

1 pound chicken breast cutlets (about 4 cutlets)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup apple cider

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken cutlets to the pan; cook 3 minutes minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from skillet. Add cider and mustard to the pan and scrape the browned bits off the bottom with a spoon. Cook 2-3 minutes or until reduced and syrupy. Add chicken back to pan, turning to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle parsley over.

Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or buttered noodles to soak up the sauce.

I’ll be over at From the Monkey Bars tomorrow, so I’d love it if you’d hop on by! We’re talking about Love Food! What food gets you…you know…in the mood?

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

SuziCate November 1, 2010 at 6:12 am

Fabulous! This is something that I always have everything on hand to make. Thank you, can’t wait to try it.


Lindsey November 1, 2010 at 6:40 am

This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it!


Barbara November 1, 2010 at 6:53 am

I’m a sauce nut too….love it when it soaks in whatever it’s resting on. I’ve done something similar with pork (and took such a God-awful photo that I’ve never posted it) so can’t wait to try it with chicken. Which I invariably have in my freezer, no doubt too comfy to run away!


Phoo-d November 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

Perfect for fall! This sounds like a lovely marriage of flavors and easy preparation.


Maria @BOREDmommy November 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

Looks delicious! Definitely will try it out!


Belinda November 1, 2010 at 8:51 am

Looks great! Something i bet my boys would love. Thanks!


Erica@PinesLakeRedhead November 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

I started drooling as soon as I saw the photo. This will be tomorrow night’s dinner. Thanks!


Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon November 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

The Mistah, he loves any kind of sauce. Maybe I’ll make this since it meets his sauce needs ; )


Jenna November 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

Perfect! I love ideas for quick weeknight toss-it-together meals. I’m also totally with you on the necessity of extra sauce. Sauce-soaked rice, for me, is pure heaven.


Jack November 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

The picture is what pushed it over the top for me.


Cheryl @ Mommypants November 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

This recipe is right in my wheelhouse; no red meat, no pesky mushrooms..perfection!


Helena November 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Well, that resolves my dinner dilemma perfectly. Thank you.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Mmm… I love sweet glazed chicken :d


Angie November 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Hi… can’t wait to try this for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing…


Jennifer November 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

This sounds really, really yummy. How does a chicken cutlet differ from a chicken breast?


Evan @swEEts November 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I have some cider I need to use up after making apple cider doughnuts that I think might have to be used for dinner now!


Contemporary Troubadour November 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Mmmm apple cider and mustard sounds like a great combination for chicken. Glad your bird stuck around this time.


Paula November 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Think this would work with unfiltered apple juice? Sounds so easy.


Privilege of Parenting November 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Sounds perfectly simple and delicious. Made me think of the delicious apple cider we would buy on the way to football games on lovely autumn weekends so many years ago in my college days. Those days, however, never culminated in anything as remotely healthy as this recipe.


Christine LaRocque November 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

That’s it!! I want it. I WANT a Kitch cookbook dammit. Because lady you are taking over my menu plan. (In a good way, cause I love you)


Jen November 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I like my chicken saucy too! Saucy is the way to go in laugh. Adds interest dont you think?


Jane November 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm

You like your chicken “saucy?” Makes sense. You’re pretty saucy yourself!


Aging Mommy November 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I love that this is so easy to prepare but I get it tastes good and yes, I would double the sauce as I like lots and lots of sauce on everything.


Velva November 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I love when the sauce soaks into the rice. This is a great recipe.


Heather November 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I’ve been hankerin’ for a new chicken recipe. I get so tired of the hum drum. And, anything that’s on my table in 30 minutes is perfect for me. Thanks for sharing!


Maria November 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Thank goodness for chickens that aren’t too free-range, huh? This one sounds like a crowd pleaser, especially with the parsley on the side…This working mom thanks you for easy and backside reducing on a weeknight, and under 30 minutes!


bryan November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I made almost the exact same thing the other day except yours looks GREAT… my pictures are hidden in the “too embarrassing to talk about” folder on my flash drive. This Sounds wonderful TKW!


Emily Z November 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Wow, Kitch Witch, this chicken looks amazing and mouthwatering! I like easy 30-minute meals, and I agree that this must have some wonderful fall flavors!


Nancy C November 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Was that a shout-out to George liking his chicken spicy? I do love me some Seinfeld.


Amber November 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I need to stop reading your blog at night. It makes me hungry. Too hungry.


Allison @ Alli 'n Son November 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Your pictures are so pretty, I’m not sure that I could even eat it. Oh wait, yes, yes I could.


Katybeth November 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My kid is a sauce nut and I can make this…yes I can!

Thanks for completing the Thursday portion of my weekly menu…


faemom November 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

That looks so good! I’m hungry now.


Rebecca November 2, 2010 at 3:39 am

Mmmm, will tuck this away for Tanzgiving (yes, I am a dork that way) in case I can’t get a turkey! Thanks!


Liz November 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

It’s so funny b/c just last night we were discussing what would be for dinner today, and all we have left is chicken, and I straight out told Hubby: I’m sorry, but I’m not making the chicken. I can’t touch raw chicken.
(He’s always known this, yet he’s always still surprised.)


elizabeth November 2, 2010 at 6:50 am

This looks utterly simple and awesome–and count me among the sauce-lovers too. Quinoa has become my new go-to favorite sauce absorber, as it’s a little better for you than say, couscous, and is faster-cooking compared to brown rice.


The Curious Cat November 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

This sounds delicious…sitting here and I haven’t had lunch yet and there is just a can of tomato soup in the cupboard…you are a bad woman you are making me drool…and it sounds so easy to make too! xxx


Justine November 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

Easy and healthy – my favorite kind of weeknight meal!


tasteofbeirut November 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

I just used this combination on pork recently; it was a spur of the moment inspiration, and it worked very well; like you, I wish I had had more sauce! This dish is perfect for weeknights and weekends!


Tiffany November 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

I’m making this for sure!!


C @ Kid Things November 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

OK, this looks so easy, I think even *I* can do it. I’ll be trying it this week, since I think I even have everything on hand (besides the parsley, but that’s mostly just garnish anyway, right?).


leslie November 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Glad to know the chicken stayed long enough to end up in your belly!


Mindy November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm

This looks wonderful. Definitely on my must-make list.


Kelly November 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I can definitely do this! I’ll be trying it with some shredded chicken leftovers I need to spruce up.


Chaya November 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

I cook for two, in the evenings, and this would make a “just perfect” meal for us. Hubby is a big rice fan although he is not a saucy fan. On the other hand, I am a big sauce fan. We compromise and I don’t overdo, on the sauce. I can make this and put sauce on mine and let hubby have his rice, plain and only have sauce on the chicken.

This recipe gets 5 yums. ((1-5, 5 being the best)


Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points November 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

My kids don’t eat red meat.

This is not my fault.

I tried.

So I’m limited to chicken, turkey and fish. And frankly, I’m not a huge Turkey fan if it’s not November, and my kids are somewhat finicky about fish, too.

So I’m perpetually on the hunt for easy, tasty chicken recipes.

THIS one is one I can get behind.



GEW November 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

I think might be able to handle that one! It looks great!


Karen November 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

This chicken dish looks wonderful! Gotta love one-pot meals. The tangy flavors in the glaze sound perfect.


Michelle November 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

This sounds delicious. I just finished off the last of our cider and now you’ve got me wishing for more.


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