Fall is the season for apples. A friend offered me a box of apples from her tree…”absolutely I will take those off your hands”. Suddenly apple recipes started running through my head and this easy recipe for naturally gluten free Grilled Mustard Chicken with Apple Rings was on the menu for dinner one night.
This recipe is perfect for those warm, fall afternoons when you want to be outside grilling plus cooking apples on the barbecue is a nice change from the ordinary. I only make this recipe once or twice a year, always in the fall, but I do know where the recipe is and can grab it when I want it.
Prep Once, Eat Twice for Grilled Mustard Chicken
Marinating chicken enhances the flavour so it is worth the effort even if only for a few hours. I like to double the recipe, half for dinner and half for the freezer. It marinates as it freezes and again when it thaws.
Putting a label on the container for the freezer is also a good idea. To me, seeing that label when I open the freezer is like someone saying “we could have Mustard Chicken with Apple Rings for dinner tonight”. I just toss it in the fridge, go to work and know I have dinner covered.
The tartness and crunch of Granny Smith apples makes them ideal for this grilled mustard chicken…but if someone gives me apples from their tree I’m using them no matter what kind they are.
My apples had a few blemishes so I wanted to peel them. I didn’t need an apple peeler for this recipe but my mom has one of those fancy gadgets that peels apples easily. This is the kind of device you might want to borrow. It was super helpful for peeling a mountain of apples for the other recipe I made, especially the apple pie filling.
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of this recipe and if you are lucky enough to have an apple tree or a friend who gives you apples.
|3 Tbsp Dijon mustard|
|3 Tbsp whole-seed mustard|
|1 Tbsp lemon juice|
|2 Tbsp white wine vinegar|
|2 Tbsp 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 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced about ½” thick|
- 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.