Apple-Thyme Chicken

Apples and chicken may seem like an unusual combination, but they make a wonderful meal when grilled to perfection.


  • 6 tablespoons apple juice
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 medium Golden Delicious or other all-purpose apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

How to make it:

  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well.
  2. Pour half of the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  3. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill.
  4. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Dip apples in reserved marinade; set aside. Combine the honey with the remaining marinade.
  5. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, basting frequently with the honey marinade.
  6. Grill apples, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes, basting and turning frequently or until lightly browned.
  7. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, thyme, and apple juice until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  8. Slice the grilled apples; stir into sauce. Serve with chicken. Serves 4.

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