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Normandy Chicken

Beautiful braised chicken breasts, flavoured with Ontario mushrooms, apple cider and Calvados (brandy made from apples in Normandy, France).
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min


1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup water
2 tsp vegetable oil
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, small, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 boneless chicken breasts
¾ cups chicken broth
¾ cups apple cider or apple juice
¼ cup Calvados or brandy (optional garnish)
1 tbsp thyme, fresh, chopped
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
1 tsp rosemary, dried
½ tsp salt

Food Safety

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  1. Mix cornstarch with water and set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tsp (5 mL) oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Remove and set aside.

  3. Heat remaining oil in skillet, add chicken breasts, sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Add vegetables, chicken stock, apple cider, Calvados, thyme, rosemary and salt. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to simmer. Turn chicken pieces over several times during cooking and continue cooking 12 to 14 minutes or until the chicken is tender and juices run clear when pierced with a fork. Transfer chicken to platter, tend with foil. Increase heat to high, reduce liquid by half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and whisk in cornstarch mixture. Cook until thick and sauce is clear. Spoon over chicken breasts.

Nutrition Info

Per 460 g serving Amount
Protein63 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate12 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol155 mg
Sodium460 mg
Per 460 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A2
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B687
Vitamin B1256