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Chicken with Cranberries, Walnuts & Grapes

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momlogic's Susannah Locketti: As a foodie, I'm often asked what is currently in my pantry. This chicken dish is a result of blending my mainstay pantry items with sale items at the grocery store. It's a sweet and savory fall dish that used up a bunch of ingredients while containing lots of tasty interest!

Chicken with Walnuts, Cranberries and Grapes
In this recipe, chicken is pounded thin and browned on both sides. Then a sweet and crunchy blend of cranberries, walnuts and grapes is warmed in the pan. A simple sauce made from chicken broth, apple juice and a touch of flour pulls it together, along with some chopped fresh rosemary. 

Chicken with Cranberries, Walnuts & Grapes 
Recipe courtesy Susannah Locketti 
Serves 4 

2 large chicken breasts, cut into eight pieces and pounded thin 
1/2 cup green grapes, halved 
1/4 cup chopped walnuts 
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries 
3/4 cup chicken broth 
1/4 cup apple juice 
1 tablespoon sifted flour 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 
Salt and pepper 
Olive oil 

In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add two tablespoons of olive oil. Season the chicken and brown on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a serving dish. Add walnuts, cranberries and grapes to the pan and toss to warm. Add the chicken broth and apple juice and heat through. Add the sifted flour and toss until the sauce thickens (a minute or two). Season again and pour the fruit-and-nut mixture over the chicken. Serve with stuffing or couscous and a side of veggies. 

Susannah's Time- and Money-Saving Tips: 
Pounding the chicken out thin allows it to cook up in minutes. Using up pantry items is cost-effective and allows for some fun creativity. To save big bucks, build your grocery list and meals around what you already have on hand. Grapes are a versatile, low-cost fruit that go great with chicken. I grow my own rosemary, and it saves me $1.99 at the grocery store every time I use it in a recipe. To enjoy your summer herbs year 'round, bring some of them indoors before it gets too cold!

Cost Breakdown: 
Chicken -- $1.99 (on sale)

Everything I else I had on hand, but if you had to buy all of the ingredients, the recipe would still fall at around $10!

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