Cranberry Apple Chicken Served Over Quinoa

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Original recipe from Amber Groeling, Hy-Vee Topeka Dietitian.  I could eat this recipe year round and often do by substituting frozen cranberries for the fresh ones.  

1 Tbs. olive oil
1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry, pounded into cutlets

Cranberry Apple Chutney, recipe below
3 cups cooked quinoa, directions below
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil; when oil is hot, add chicken  and cook just until browned on each side.  Place cutlets into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is cooked throughout.
Cranberry Apple Chutney
½ yellow onion, diced
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
4 honey crisp apples
1 cup fresh cranberries
¼ cup granulated sugar (may substitute splenda)
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. lemon zest
1 ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
Using the same skillet that chicken breasts were cooked in, add onion to drippings in pan and cook over medium heat until softened, adding a bit of broth if needed to keep onions moist. When onions are softened, add vinegar, apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and salt; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook chutney for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender and chutney is slightly thickened.  Stir in lemon zest, juice and maple syrup.  (Chutney will thicken more as it cools.)
Quinoa
1 cup water
½ cup orange juice
1 cup uncooked quinoa
Bring water and orange juice to a boil in a 2-3 quart saucepan.  Add quinoa, bring back to a boil, cover and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the water.  Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Serve chicken breasts on a bed of cooked quinoa, topped with warm chutney. 
Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli
 
  

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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