Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Jeff, So Sorry...

Quick shoutout to my buddy Jeff -- who apparently reads this. He posted a note on my facebook wall suggesting I update this little blog here because he has been eating Croque Madam (or my version of it) for far too long.

So sorry, Jeffy. I'd hate to think that my apparent ambivalent attitude toward this once prioritized venture has affected your waistline at all. For that I would hate to be responsible. And I apologize.

So for Jeffy, a healthier (and maybe even tastier?) alternative:

Sauce'd Chicken

1 boneless skinless chicken breast
3 tbs apple sauce (I used Mott's)
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme (2 to 2 1/2 if dried)
1 tbs minced red onion

Preheat the oven to 400

Season the chicken with salt & pepper. Coat the bottom of a baking
dish with either Pam or oil. I use a light spritz of EVOO from my new MISTO aka
the best thing I got for Christmas.

Mix the applesauce, thyme, and onion together in a small bowl. Spoon a
small amount into the baking dish, about the size of the breast. Place the
chicken on top of it, and the spoon the remaining mixture over the chicken.
Cover and bake until cooked through, about 25 minutes.

So I got one of those herb gardens recently and needed to use some of the thyme I've been growing. The inspiration for this came from a recipe I read for whole roasted chicken with thyme and apples. If that combo works there -- why not a smaller breast?

The result is pretty tasty. The onions provide a nice contrast to the apple while marrying equally well to the thyme. And as you might know from alternative baking methods (your mom ever use applesauce instead of oil when making bread? Mine did!) using applesauce in cooking provides the same moisture that using oil does, but with a much healthier nutrient profile.

So there ya go, Jeffy. I hope you finally take a break from the previous french treat :) Oh, and I ate this with a side of greenbeans. Very basic -- just a little butter-spray, salt, and chili flakes leftover from pizza delivery this weekend.

Sorry there's no picture -- it was that good :-)