Chicken Normandy (Bacon & Apple Chicken)

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"If you have looked at many of my recipes, then you already know the Grandparentsdotcom newsletters are a primary source of my recipes. A January 2015 issue listed the "Top 10 Favorite Recipes" of 2014 & this recipe was ranked #1. Described as a simple & sophisticated chicken dinner, this version of the French chicken & apple dinner uses bacon to liven up the works. What else would you expect from a recipe in a cookbook called "Bacon 24/7"? Chef Theresa Gilliam suggests serving it w/mashed potatoes, on which you dollop the delectable sauce. Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (272.8 g)
  • Calories 511.6
  • Total Fat - 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 174.1 mg
  • Sodium - 972.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 7.7 g
  • Protein - 53.8 g
  • Calcium - 36.8 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 min. Transfer to paper towels, reserving rendered bacon fat in the skillet. Season the chicken on all sides with salt & pepper. Dredge the chicken w/flour, shaking to remove the excess. Cook the chicken in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat until it is golden brown & nearly cooked through, about 6 min per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet & keep it warm while you prepare the sauce.

Step 2

Cook the onions in the skillet until they are soft & translucent, about 6 min. Add the sherry & simmer to reduce it slightly. Add the cider & simmer until reduced by half, about 5 min. Add the apples, thyme & cooked bacon to the sauce & stir to combine. Stir in the cream & add the chicken breasts w/any juices that may have collected to the skillet. Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked, about 5 added min.

Step 3

NOTE: IMO fresh mushrooms would make a lovely addition to this recipe.

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Mia in Germany

Wonderful dish, great flavours! I made a little mistake by accidentally grabbing the bottle of cooking Madeira instead of cooking sherry, so it was Madeira, not Sherry - but other than that I made it as written, using almond cream for the cream. I suppose the cidre is meant to be hard cidre, I used French cidre from Normandy. Thanks for sharing! We loved this meal a lot! Made for Beverage Anyone? Game.

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(29 Mar 2015)

Karen E

This was really good, Twiss, definitely something I will be making again!! Other than chopping my chicken into bite-size pieces, I stuck to recipe, what a GLORIOUS combination/melding of flavours, you could not put a foot wrong with this wonderful dish. We enjoyed this over steamed rice, you definitely dont want to waste the sauce, and DH had the rest in a pita the next day, which he said was equally fabulous! Thank you, Twiss, for sharing this great recipe! Made for Consideration Tag Game

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(25 Mar 2015)