Chicken With Apple and Blue Cheese Sauce

(Serves 6 portions)

Absolutely delicious! A favourite!
500 mls Chicken stock
200 mls White wine
1/4 small Red onion fine dice
50 mls White wine vinegar
300 mls Cream
50 gms Strong blue cheese
1 Garlic clove fine dice
1 Fresh thyme sprig
1 Red Delicious apple
6 Chicken breasts size 14 (skin removed and trimmed)
100 mls Gusto tart apple syrup
1/2 Lemon
Grapeseed oil
Combine stock, wine, onion, blue cheese, garlic, thyme, and vinegar in a heavy bottom pot and reduce to a syrupy consistency over medium heat.
Add cream to reduction and gently simmer until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and reserve.
Heat oil in a frypan over a moderate high temperature. Season chicken and sauté until brown on both sides.
Remove from from heat, squeeze lemon juice over the breasts and pour apple syrup over.
Cover with tinfoil and cook in a preheated oven @ 180° C until just underdone, remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Cut apple into matchsticks and place on plate.
Top with chicken and pour over strained sauce.
Drizzle out thin line of apple syrup around plate. Serve at once.
Just one of the tantalizing creations by Rick Thomas @ Rockpool Central, Devonport Road, Tauranga.