Maple Apple BBQ Chicken

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Maple and Apple BBQ Sauce
To Serve Four
By Chef Jamie Roraback

4 Each  Chicken Breasts-boneless, skinless, pounded to ¼” thick
½ Cup  AP Flour-seasoned lightly with salt and pepper
2 Tbsp.  Vegetable Oil
½ Cup  Apple-peeled, cored, diced ½”
½ Cup  Red Onion-finely chopped
1 Tbsp.  Jalapeno Peppers-chopped finely
½ tsp.  Ground Cumin
½ tsp.  Ground Coriander
3 Tbsp.  Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp.  Dijon Mustard
¾ Cup  Ketchup
1/3 Cup  Maple Syrup
   Salt and Black Pepper To Taste

While heating sauté pan on medium high heat, lightly dredge the chicken breasts in the flour, shaking off the excess flour. Add the oil to the  pan and add the chicken , splashing away from you to avoid getting hot oil on you. Don’t crowd the pan with too much meat, or the pan will cool off too much and not sauté. Simply cook the meat in two batches. Cook the chicken for about 1 ½ minutes on each side, or until light golden, and remove from pan. Reserve.
In same pan, add the apples and cook until light golden, about 1 minute. Add the onion, jalapeno, cumin and coriander, cook 1 minute. Deglaze with the vinegar,   scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the mustard, ketchup and maple syrup, bring to a boil, and boil down until a light syrupy glaze remains. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Place chicken back in pan to coat with sauce, and to reheat and or cook through. Look for the chicken to be 165ºf internal temperature or no pink inside.  Serve with your favorite accompaniments using the vegetables of the season. Enjoy!

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