I found this recipe in the Taste Of Home “Healthy Cooking” book that was published in February 2009. First of all I love that all the recipes are recipe cards that can be removed from the book along perforated lines and added to an organizer. Anyway I perused and a found this recipe and just had to try it!
First I cut the apple by using the following apple cutting tool and then cutting each slice it produced one more time with a knife.
Then I cut my onion into thin slices as it suggests and added both ingredients to the pan with the butter. I ended up using a lid to help steam them into softness.
While those were simmering in the pan I grated the swiss and used about twice as much as the recipe calls for because, well, I LOVE cheese. By the time the apples and onions were soft I had the dry mixture all ready and hand mixed together.
I then moved the apples and onions to the greased 13x9 and put the half chicken breasts on top. There was a bit of liquid naturally excreted from the onions and apples that will help cook the chicken in the oven.
I added the salt and pepper to the breasts, and then the dry mixture of swiss cheese, bread crumbs, parmesan, and thyme. The last step was to drizzle the apple cider on top and put in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes!
The finished product:
I served this with buttery mashed potatoes that really complimented the tastes well. The chicken was great, much better than I anticipated but I think I would add a bit of Johnnies salt to the onion/apple pan process next time. I also may experiment with using mozzarella because it bakes and reheats nicely. Total prep time is about 15 minutes. This was an excellent meal to make while also caring for my 10 month old!