Smashed Garlic and Apple Cider Chicken

With autumn on its way our thoughts are turning to apple cider, comfy sweaters, and unfortunately for some of us, to school. This was the inspiration for our latest creation. A quick marinade for tender fall flavoured chicken. The perfect accompaniment to your favourite squash or pumpkin dish.

chicken, smashed garlic and apple cider chicken

The base of the marinade is apple cider vinegar. The acid in the vinegar helps to tenderize the chicken, reducing the time you need to marinate. Prep the chicken when you get home, and 2 hours later it is ready for the oven. Great when you want flavor infused chicken but are short on time.

Smashed garlic and apple cider chicken

And the fun part, what better way to reduce your stress or back to school anxiety than by smashing something?


You will need:

Meat tenderizer
Plastic wrap
Ziploc or resealable bag (optional)


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4-6 large cloves of garlic
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Let’s get smashing!
Place garlic cloves under film of plastic wrap or in Ziploc bag. Smash! Beware, smashing in the bag itself can cause holes. Place smashed garlic in the Ziploc bag.

Add apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and spices. Mix.

Prick the chicken breast several times with a fork on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap. SMASH! (aka tenderize, but somehow that doesn’t seem quite as fun).

Add chicken to the bag, seal, mix, and let marinate in the fridge for 2 hours max! Preheat oven to 375°F. Place chicken in baking dish and cook for 40 minutes, or until juices run clear.

Smashed garlic and apple cider chicken

Try it with our warm and toasty cranberry braised Brussels sprouts!



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