Cider Glazed Chicken

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One of my friends told me about a drink she had made with apple cider and caramel vodka. She said it was delicious so I wanted to try one out for myself and picked up the ingredients a few days later.

The drink was really tasty and some ginger ale did wonders to cut through the sweetness of both the vodka and the apple cider. However, the store only had the gallon size of apple cider and it wasn't a brand we really preferred to drink alone. The drink was too sugary to have on a regular basis, so what could I do to use up this apple cider?

A few hours later I was going through my blog reader and pinning the recipes I wanted to make in the future, when I came across this recipe. How perfect was that?



Cider-Glazed Chicken 
Source: The Recipe Critic
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 tsp. butter 
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - pounded to an even thickness
    • salt and pepper 
    • 1/2 cup refrigerated apple cider
    • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
Directions:
1. In a large skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
2. Place the chicken breasts into the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
3. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Add the cider and Dijon mustard to the skillet and scrape with a wooden spoon to dislodge the browned bits. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture turns into a syrup.
4. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn over to coat with the glaze. After plating, sprinkle the fresh thyme over the chicken.



I opted to serve this over a mushroom orzo. I really like the sweetness that the cider brought to the chicken but Tom thought it was to sweet. I think increasing the amount of mustard and using a spicy variety might help with the flavors if you also cook for someone who isn't a fan of usually savory dishes being on the sweeter side. Regardless, one of the best things about this meal is how quickly it comes together. It's the perfect choice for a busy weeknight dinner.

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