Apple Bacon Baked Chicken
Soak cranberries in apple cider in a bowl until cranberries are rehydrated, 2 to 6 hours.Advertisement
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Coat bottom of a baking dish with olive oil.
Arrange chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
Whisk mustard and applesauce together in a small bowl; spoon over chicken breasts. Lay two half-slices of bacon atop each chicken breast. Arrange apples and onions around chicken. Add cranberries, pouring any remaining apple cider over chicken. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until bacon is crisp and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 20 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Suggested additions/substitutions: McIntosh apples, Bartlett pears, and sweet potatoes would all work in this dish. You could substitute apple, cranberry, or even grape juice for cider, or use fresh cranberries and skip the cider soak.
Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.