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Chicken with Apple Gravy, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans

Chicken with Apple Gravy, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed

  • 2 scallions, chopped


In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium heat. Add the rice and toast until light brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in 2 1/2 cups stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, stir in the peas and cheese. While the rice cooks, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook until the juices run clear, 5-6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet, then whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the apple cider and the remaining 1 cup chicken stock and cook until slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. While the chicken cooks, in a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cover and cook to al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain the beans and return to the saucepan. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Pour the apple gravy over the chicken and serve the rice and green beans alongside. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to