People seemed to like the Turkey Apple Cheddar Panini I posted the other day, so I thought I would share another savory apple application with you today. Similar idea: poultry, apples, and cheddar cheese with some kind of bread element. These are savory muffins. They are perfect for using up leftover shredded or cubed chicken breast and they make a very tasty fall dinner. I had wanted to make them ever since seeing them on Bcmom's Kitchen during our SRC reveal in March. Finally got around to it last week and I'm glad I did because they were terrific. Here's my slight adaptation.
Chicken Apple Cheddar Muffins
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1½ cups chicken, diced or shredded
1 cup apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 16 muffin cups with baking spray.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then mix in the oil and milk.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and smoked paprika. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until barely combined. Fold in the chicken, apple, and ½ cup of the cheddar cheese. Fill muffin tins with the batter and top each with remaining cheddar.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Anna put broccoli in hers, but I decided to leave that out and do veggies on the side instead. I also increased the smoked paprika a bit because I am slightly obsessed. :)
These muffins are so good! The flavors all combine to create a masterpiece. I happened to use chicken that had been cooked in a mesquite marinade, which gave it a slightly smoky element that went well with the smoked paprika. But any kind of chicken would be good in here. The apple isn't super prominent; in fact, that's the one thing my husband said about it; he thought there could have been more apple. But he has a colossal sweet tooth. I thought they were just perfect.
I actually got 12 regular muffins and 2 jumbos out of this recipe. I was too lazy to go down to the basement for one of my other regular muffin tins, and used the jumbo instead. So I am guessing when I say it makes 16 regular muffins. The one in the pics above is a jumbo.
Come back on Thursday for a great Halloween cookie recipe!