The main dish of the New Year’s table is Baked Chicken with Pickled Apples. This recipe proves that chicken with a certain sauce becomes juicy and flavorful.

Prepare this New Year’s chicken in advance, like a stollen. Moreover, apples are kept in advance, not chicken. Also, serve these sauerkraut apples to the festive table as a separate dish.

Directions

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  1. For making pickled apples. Put sweet and sour apples in a bowl with a capacity of 3 liters. Pour in 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp honey, cloves, allspice peas, currant or cherry leaves, horseradish root, hot red pepper, garlic, or your favorite pickling spice.
  2. Pour apples with clean, unboiled water and leave them in a warm place for 3 days. Later, put the apples in the refrigerator or basement. It is desirable that the apples stand for about a month or longer.
  3. For marinating chicken. Dip chicken weighing 1-1.5 kg into a bowl with a capacity of 4 liters. Drain the brine from the apples directly onto the chicken.
  4. Pour in the sour apple cider. Squeeze out half of a lemon. A properly marinated chicken is doused with liquid on top. Add bay leaves and marinate overnight for at least 3 hours.
  5. For baking chicken. Remove the chicken from the marinade, let dry a little. Punch small holes in the chicken all over the place where you can. Peel 3-4 garlic cloves, cut into large strips, and stuff the garlic into the holes.
  6. Take the chicken and rub coat it really well with powdered chicken spice all over the surface, and even inside.
  7. Cut sauerkraut pickled apples into halves and place a baking sheet or bottom of the cast iron dutch oven with a capacity of 4 liters. Cut apples into quarters and salt a little. Fill all the free space inside the chicken with apple slices.
  8. Squeeze 2-3 garlic cloves and mix with soft butter. Rub the surface of the chicken with this mixture.
  9. Cover the cast iron dutch oven with a lid or cover the baking sheet with a piece of foil and leave in an oven heated to 180 degrees for 1 hour.
  10. Remove the chicken from the oven, remove the lid or foil, and brush the surface of the chicken with liquid honey. Place in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Make sure that the chicken does not become too dark.

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Usage Tips for Baked Chicken with Pickled Apples

  • Cook the chicken so that it can be served immediately. After the second and subsequent heating, the meat will no longer be so juicy and soft, because it will dry out in the oven.
  • Pour the apple and chicken gravy over the meat; the chicken will smell very nice.
  • Chicken should be served with fresh salad or light mashed potatoes.
  • Garnish the hot chicken with rosemary. So the meat will get another pleasant aroma.
  • The less salt the chicken contains, the juicier it becomes. You can add salt to the sauce and pour it over the meat.