Crock-pot Cranberry Apple Thyme Chicken w/ Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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This month’s Improv Challenge: create a red and green themed recipe. (Thanks, Lesa of Edesia’s Notebook!)

Challenge Accepted.

Enter: Crock-pot cranberry apple thyme chicken with oven-roasted brussel sprouts. I recently was given a crock-pot and let me tell you, it is now one of my most used kitchen gadgets. It’s so easy!! And so delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Ingredients (Serves about 6 people for dinner):

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 granny smith apple, finely sliced

2 red apple, (I used one pink lady and a macintosh, but gala, fuji, or braeburn would also work well), finely sliced

1 large red onion, finely sliced into half-rings

1/2 cup apple cider

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 large bag brussel sprouts

salt, pepper, garlic

Directions:

1) Prep your ingredients– finely slice the apples and onion.

2) Take out your trusty crock-pot out. Put in the apples, onions, and half of all of the seasonings.

3) Next, put in the cranberries, followed by the chicken breast. Sprinkle in the rest of the seasoning, focusing on seasoning the chicken. Finally, pour the apple cider and chicken broth over all of it.

4) Set that baby to low and cook for about 4 hours. When it’s done, it’ll look like this!

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5) For the brussel sprouts, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the brussel sprouts in half and put them in a large bowl season them liberally with sea salt, pepper, and garlic.

6) Dump ’em out of the bowl onto a foil-lined, olive oil sprayed baking sheet. Roast them in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until they look like this:

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And now, your super healthy, red and green inspired meal is ready to serve! Scoop out the brussel sprouts onto each plate, and top with the delicious crock-pot chicken.

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I happened to also have red and green plates that I got on a trip to Barcelona earlier this year. Thought this would be a great occasion to use them. Amiright?? 🙂

I know what some of you are thinking– why didn’t I make cookies!

I first thought about making something sweet. Christmas cookie season is upon us, and there are lots of (delicious) ways to make red and green cookies (sprinkles, red & green M&Ms, food colored frosting, etc)

Don’t get me wrong– I will likely utilize all of the above methods to make a variety of Christmas cookies.

But, right now, I thought I’d share something savory 🙂

Make sure to check out the other bloggers’ red and green recipes below too!

And stay tuned for those cookies 😀

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