This recipe for Grilled Mustard Chicken with Apple Rings is one of those easy everyday dinners I make in the fall when apples are at their peak. If it's a warm afternoon I like to enjoy cooking and eating outside.
I buy apples year round but don't think to grill them unless it's fall. When anyone offers me apples from their tree I say yes and apple recipes start running through my head. This chicken recipe is one of them.
Cooking with a Seasonal Strategy
Using a seasonal strategy for cooking is the best way to build variety into your usual rotation of meals. Grocery stores offer produce from around the world with more choice than we could have dreamed of twenty years ago.
I used to make lists to try and learn what fruits and vegetables were in season, the best combinations and what recipes I wanted to try. Like so many things I simply learned it over time. Pay attention to the big displays at the store or what's at the market and you'll learn what’s in season.
I also see apples on the ground when I walk my dog in the back alley. That's a good sign that apples are in season.
Fall Apple Recipes
Fall apples also remind me to make my Morning Glory Muffins, maybe my Crab Apple Jelly Glazed Chicken and even Potato Latkes. If dessert is the first thing you think of then Baked Apples can be a quick evening treat. Sometimes I even stuff them and serve with caramel sauce.
If you’re at the grocery store read the little stickers on the apples and see if you can find some grown close to home. In the fall those will be the best apples.
Prep Once, Eat Twice
It's always worth the effort to marinate chicken, even if it’s only for a short time. A trick I like to use with recipes like this is to make enough for two dinners. The chicken may not have marinated long the first time but the half that goes in the freezer will marinate as it freezes and again when it thaws.
I also try to label the container for the freezer with information like 'serve with grilled apples'. This gives me the dinner idea as soon as I see it.
Get The Tools
There are always a few kitchen tools that make certain jobs in the kitchen easier. We ended up my dad's handy gadget that peels and cores a whole apple. If you're going to make apple pie you'll wish you had one. Here are a few helpful tools for eating apples and grilling.
- Reusable grilling sheets are perfect to prevent cross contact. They prevent small pieces of food from falling through the grill and you still get the grill marks we all want to see.
- Coleman road trip, stand up barbecue might be ideal for families that attend gatherings and have a few people who need to ensure their food is safe. Just wheel in your own barbecue and join the cooking team.
- A fancy apple peeler and corer that will take up space in your cupboard but if you make even one recipe that requires a lot of peeling it's worth it.
- A basic, inexpensive apple corer is handy when that's the job you're doing.
- The apple slicer, corer, divider won't make rings like I did in this recipe but you can grill apple wedges too!
Let me know in the comments below if you made this recipe and where you got your apples from.
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This post was originally posted September 2015, updated September 2023.
Grilled Mustard Chicken with Apple Rings
- 3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoon whole-seed mustard (or more Dijon)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 1 shallot or ¼ small onion, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
CHICKEN & APPLE
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves each cut into 2 or 3 pieces
- 2 large apples, cored and sliced about ½” thick (I use Granny Smith or any apples off a tree nearby)
- Combine marinade ingredients reserving a few tablespoons for the apples. Pour remaining marinade over chicken and marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Just before cooking the chicken core and slice the apples. Brush with the reserved marinade.
- Place chicken on the barbecue and grill about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- Place apple rings on the barbecue and grill about 2 minutes per side.
- Serve chicken topped with apple rings.