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Brandy Chicken with Sage

Apple, sage, and chicken are a natural trio in the fall. If you find yourself craving Thanksgiving-style flavour but are short on time, these chicken breasts are just the ticket.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min


4 bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 cup onion(s), minced
3 Granny Smith apple(s), sliced (save 8 slivers for garnish)
½ cup brandy
½ cup sage, fresh, minced (save 4 + leaves for garnish)
¼ cup lemon juice, fresh
2 tsp lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, minced

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Coat chicken with flour on all sides. This is easily done in a freezer bag.

  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any remaining flour.

  3. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, garlic and apples for 3 minutes. Add brandy, sage, lemon juice and lemon zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  4. Return chicken pieces to the pan. Bring to a boil and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened and chicken is thoroughly cooked, juices run clear when pierced with a knife and the internal temperature of each chicken breast reaches 165°F (74°C).

  5. Top each serving with the brandy sage sauce and garnish with fresh sage leaves and slivers of green apple. Serve immediately.

Helpful Tip

Try other tart, firm apples instead of Granny Smith. Use an apple brandy instead of regular brandy.

Nutrition Info

Per 475 g serving Amount
Protein63 g
Fat12 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate27 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar13 g
Cholesterol155 mg
Sodium440 mg
Per 475 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A4
Vitamin C30
Vitamin B690
Vitamin B1251