Recipe: One Pan Autumn Chicken with Apples & Prunes
This post was created in partnership with JAZZ Apples. While usually I get excited about summer cooking, this year my summer was a bit up in the air, so I was looking wistfully towards autumn eating during those moments when my mind wandered towards what to cook next; all the stews and braises I’d make in my brand new kitchen, enjoyed around my brand new kitchen table the moment I finished the big batch of recipes I’d been working on the whole summer and I was free to cook whatever I fancied without the need to adhere to a set timetable in order to get all the work finished in time (the most frustrating thing about working as a recipe developer!)
This is one of those dinners I was so excited to make. Juicy chicken thighs with crispy skin, all cooked in one pan with plump, sticky prunes, and beautifully caramelised and almost falling apart apple wedges with burnished, papery skins, all cooked in their own sticky, thyme-from-the-garden sauce. Serve with boiled new potatoes to crush into the juices with the back of your fork, or, if like me you’re a bit lazy when it comes to one pan cooking, some good crusty bread (I’m all about sourdough at the moment) for that purpose instead.
You might have noticed that this post is sponsored by JAZZ Apples, a wonderfully sweet, balanced variety that originates in New Zealand, but is grown a fair bit over her in the UK too. Yes, you want to use eating apples here; this dish is about bringing out those sweet notes of the fruit that work well in savoury dishes, you’ve got enough sourness in the sauce from the vinegar you use to cut through the sugar. Unless you’re lucky enough to – like me – have a neighbour with an apple tree where a big branch of fruit is hanging, and therefore falling directly into your vegetable plot every time that irritating neighbourhood squirrel jumps on it, seek out JAZZ Apples for this recipe, if you can.
Once you’ve sourced those JAZZ Apples, grab a bag because the JAZZ Apple team have put together a free autumn cookbook eBook full of apple recipes, where this recipe features so you’ll have lots of inspiration. To get a copy of the eBook, and my recipe for One Pan Autumn Chicken with Apples & Prunes, click here.