Recipe: roasted chicken + kale salad + apples

The days are cooling and autumn is just around the corner, bringing comfort foods and cozy meals. When sunshine days make way for sweater weather we look for recipes that help ease the transition. Sometimes we even create new ones or change up a favorite. Like this.

One of the cool parts of recipe development is playing with fun new foods like our Arctic ApBitz dried apples and finding ways to incorporate them into the weekly meal plan. Fall is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen and cooking with apples is one way to slide into those autumn recipes while holding on to a taste of summer.

Cool weather comfort food doesn’t necessarily mean a high calorie count. Roasting and braising are excellent ways to keep flavor forward and put the counting on the back burner. Add apples and toss up a salad for bonus points. So we did just that.

Roasted Chicken on Arctic® Apple Kale Bread Salad

Ingredients

  • One 3-4 pound chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound artisan bread, torn or cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 package Arctic ApBitz dried apple snacks
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups torn curly kale
  • Fresh thyme (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450F. Liberally salt and pepper chicken. Place in heavy cast iron skillet or small roasting pan. Bake 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or until temperature registers 160F in the thickest part of the thighs. Remove to a cutting board and lightly cover. Let stand at least 10 minutes before carving.

While the chicken is roasting, heat the oil and garlic in a large skillet until sizzling. Add the bread and cook, turning frequently, until golden (about 8-10 min). Transfer to a large bowl, toss, add lightly crushed Arctic ApBitz dried apple snacks, and season to taste.

After the chicken is done, pour 2 tablespoons of chicken juices from the skillet (or cutting board) over the bread salad and toss. Carve chicken, sprinkle with thyme, and serve with the salad.

Bon appetit!

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About Jeannette LeBlanc

Jeannette LeBlanc is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Okanagan Specialty Fruits, and lives in the sunny Okanagan Valley. She has a keen interest in sustainable food systems and the people working on responsible ways to help feed the planet.