Roasted Apple Chicken


  • 4 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch slices

  • 2 Champlain Orchards Ambrosia apples, diced

  • 8 skinless chicken thighs

  • 1/2 teaspoon each: salt and pepper

  • 1 cup Champlain Orchards apple cider

  • 2 tablespoons each: Dijon mustard, Whole-grain mustard, and honey

  • 1 lb. nugget potatoes, quartered

  • 2 cups spinach


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Cook the bacon in a large, ovenproof frying pan over medium heat until it’s crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the apples to the pan and let them cook until they turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan and put them with the bacon.

  4. Season the chicken thighs with the salt and pepper and add them to the pan. When they are brown on one side, remove them from the pan.

  5. Add the cider or chicken stock, the Dijon, whole grain mustard, and honey to the pan and whisk. Add the potatoes and stir to distribute them throughout the sauce. Nestle the chicken thighs into the potatoes, browned side up.

  6. Cover the pot and put it into your oven to cook for 30 minutes. Remove the cover from the pot and let it cook for 15 minutes more.

  7. Remove the pot from the oven and add the bacon, apples, and spinach. Pop it back in your oven for 5 minutes to wilt the spinach.

| Adapted from Kristen Stevens/The Endless Meal