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Polenta is a delicious alternative to pasta. This chicken and apple baked polenta recipe is a SUPER simple one dish meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes!  It’s perfect for a busy weeknight and all ingredients can be kept on hand for a last minute dinner.  Definitely give this chicken and apple baked polenta recipe a try this week…you won’t be sorry!

Chicken and Apple Baked Polenta recipe

Chicken and Apple Baked Polenta Recipe

The perfect one dish meal for busy nights!

So first off….how is it that I’ve never tried polenta before?  If you have never had polenta then you HAVE to try this recipe!  It was so simple and delicious…this chicken and apple baked polenta recipe is definitely on the regular rotation now!

A few months ago…well, probably more like a few years ago…I tore a recipe out of a magazine that I thought looked absolutely delicious.  I know, I know…this was before I was posting recipes regularly and I didn’t save any information to properly cite the source of this recipe.  But, it’s an AMAZING recipe that I couldn’t keep to myself.

Chicken Sausage and Apple Baked Polenta Recipe

For those that have never had polenta before it’s a unique type of food.  Some people refer to it as a spin off of pasta while others refer to it as a spin off of cornbread…while others refer to it as a spin off of mashed potatoes.  The truth is….it’s all of those things.  Weird…I know!  The neat thing that I’ve learned about polenta is that it can be cooked in several different ways and it tastes completely different in each way….it’s pretty versatile.  Polenta is made from cooking cornmeal for hours on the stove….but who has time for that!  Luckily, most polenta that is sold at the grocery store is already pre-made…you just heat it up!

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The story is that polenta originated in southern Italy and was used in place of pasta. It’s perfect for creamy dishes or dishes that have a lot of sauce.  But I’ve also found that it’s awesome just sliced and baked for a drier consistency.

You’ll find polenta in a tube like packaging usually over with the rice and pastas in the grocery store.  It doesn’t need to be refrigerated so it’s perfect to buy a few packs to always have on hand for that night that you’re running like crazy and don’t want to put a lot of effort into dinner.
It’s already cooked so the main thing you have to do is decide how you want to eat it and just heat it up.  You can add some milk or water to it and it will be more like a grits type consistency or you can just slice it like I did for this recipe.  It’s hard to explain the consistency but if you’re a cornbread lover like me then you’re going to LOVE polenta!!

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Chicken and Apple Baked Polenta Recipe

Chicken and Apple Baked Polenta Recipe
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Recipe type: One Dish Meal
Serves: 4
  • 1 18oz Tube of Polenta (I use Food Merchants Organic Basil Garlic Polenta)
  • 1 Vidalia Onion
  • 2 Apples (I prefer Gala or Pink Lady apples)
  • 12oz package of chicken sausage (I like al fresco Roasted Pepper & Asiago chicken sausage)
  • 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice polenta into 1 inch thick slices.
  3. Cut polenta slices into quarters and toss into a large casserole dish.
  4. Slice onion and add to casserole dish.
  5. Core and slice apples (leave the skins on) and add to casserole dish.
  6. Slice chicken sausages to 1 inch thickness and add to casserole dish.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and serve.

Note: When drizzling the olive oil you want to do it VERY lightly…I like to use my Misto olive oil mister to just barely coat the dish.

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Have you ever tried polenta before?  What’s your favorite way to cook it? Share in the comments below!

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Bye for now!

Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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