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A quick and easy chicken recipe to make at home

Don Houston of Hearty Fare

By Don Houston

Don Houston

Don Houston

The recipe calls for chicken supremes which is a restaurant style cut of chicken; it is the breast with the skin on and all bone removed except the drummette of the wing.

You could substitute boneless skin on breasts or even boneless skinless breasts.

My personal taste is for the skin on; the meat will stay moister with the skin on (you can discard the skin or feed it Mikey). I have also found that the skin on air-chilled chicken has more flavour.

With regard to the apples, I believe that Honeycrisp apples are far superior, but you could substitute: Ambrosia, Red Prince, Pink Lady or Granny Smith.

You could add some sweet onion to the recipe as well.

This recipe is quick to prepare and it uses local nutritious products to feed your family with “Quick Meals Don’s way.”


Yield 4


4 Chicken Supremes skin-on (8 oz. portion)

Sea salt & fresh pepper

1 Tbsp.Butter

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

4 Cups Honeycrisp apple wedges (peeled, 3 / 4” thick @ widest)

1/4 Cup Honey (local unpasteurised)

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon to taste

1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg to taste.

1 Tsp. Lemon juice to taste


You need an oven proof skillet. Season both sides of chicken with salt & pepper; heat butter & oil in skillet. Sear bottom side of meat for 2-3 minutes, Flip and sear skin side until it golden brown –about 5 minutes. Remove chicken & hold warm. Mix honey, lemon juice & spices in a large bowl; then add apples and toss to coat. Place apples in same skillet on med. heat. Turn apples occasionally until theystart to caramelise.—about 5-7 minutes. Add more butter if needed.

Place breasts on top of apples skin side up and put skillet into pre heated 375 degrre F oven for 12-15 minutes. The chicken should have an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Serve chicken on apple wedges.

If you need any information on Free Run Chickens, Black Angus Beef, Mennonite Sausage/bacon/pork/poultry, local Ontario Lamb, Home-made and Naturally raised or grown products, recipes you would like to see, or food items you can’t locate, visit our Farm Market 3232 Burnham St. N. Camborne. Open Wed to Sunday(see ad in Thursday’s Northumberland Today classified section) or e-mail me at houstonbakery@airnet.ca Visit the web @www.houstonsnaturalmeats.ca.