Baked apple chicken, apple fancy, slow cooker apple crisp


You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Here are three great ways to eat those apples.
Baked apple chicken
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C sliced onions
2 red cooking apples, sliced
1/2 C maple-flavored or pancake syrup
1/3 C zesty Italian dressing
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook chicken in large ovenproof skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. on each side or until evenly browned. Remove from heat. Top chicken with onions; surround with apples. Mix syrup and dressing; pour over chicken. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until chicken is done (165 degrees). Drizzle with syrup mixture from bottom of skillet.
Apple fancy
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 small red onion, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 C balsamic vinaigrette dressing
6 fresh sage leaves
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients; spread onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cover tightly with foil sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 min.; turn potatoes.
Add apples; spread to evenly cover bottom of pan. Bake, covered, 10 min. Stir potato mixture; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned. Discard sage leaves before serving.
Slow cooker apple crisp
1 3.4-oz. pkg. vanilla flavor instant pudding
1/2 C sugar, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
10 Granny Smith apples, peeled, sliced
1 C fresh or frozen cranberries
6 tbsp. butter, melted, divided
12 vanilla wafers, coarsely chopped
1/4 C sliced almonds
Mix dry pudding mix, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Toss fruit with 1/4 cup butter in large bowl. Add pudding mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours (or high 2 to 3 hours).
Meanwhile, combine chopped wafers, nuts, remaining butter and sugar in shallow microwaveable dish. Microwave on high 1 min.; stir. Microwave 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until golden brown, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool. Sprinkle with nut mixture just before serving.
She said, “How old were you when you realized that Arby’s was just pronounced RBs, which is short for roast beef? I was today years old!”
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