Peel and cut in wedges the apples. We found using a mix of apples gives it good flavor but the best were Golden Delicious apples with 1-2 Granny Smith. Lay out in baking dish.
Lay chicken out with skin on (do not remove the fat!) over the apples. Sprinkle garlic powder, pepper, salt, and Italian spice over chicken.
Cover dish with foil, and bake covered at 425 °F for about an hour and 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and the apples are soft and mushy. Take foil off and bake another 10 minutes to get the skin nice and crisp (you can skip this if you don’t care for crispy skin). Get rice noodles ready if serving those with.
Take chicken out of pan and put on serving dish. Mash the apples with a fork or potato masher if needed. Take cinnamon and mix a bit to taste with the apple sauce.
If using rice noodles, make a bed of rice noodles, put the chicken over, and top with the apple sauce.
Or as my kids prefer serve chicken separate, apple sauce on the side for dipping, and more on top of the rice noodles mixed in.
This dish is a hearty chicken apple dinner for a fall day. Who doesn’t like a good apple sauce?! Mixed with the chicken juices it becomes a rich dipping sauce for the chicken and a great sauce to put on top of noodles or rice. There are SO many different ways to serve this dish, hopefully it will provide something for all.
IF you are a vegetarian, you can still make the apple sauce (it’s still yummy as I have been playing around with it). Cut the apples the same. Grab some margarine (or I guess butter if you use that) that’s safe for you (have used most brands and it all comes out good) and cut up about half a cup (1 stick) and dot the top. Sprinkle with rosemary. Bake for the same amount of time and mash. Add in cinnamon. if desired. Mix with rice noodles if you want or eat it plain warm.