Cherry Chicken Sausage Savory Baked Apples

After spending my Sunday strolling around Malibu with one of my favorite girlfriends (Jen) we decided we wanted to call up our friend Krystal, make some dinner and watch some trash TV. That’s exactly what we did! Thanksgiving is inspiring most of my cooking right now and these apples are no exception. This is a fantastic healthy thanksgiving recipe! Plus, they look fabulous and everyone will think you are a culinary genius….because you are, duh.

What you need;

Apples (I chose pink ladies)

1 roll of chicken sausage

1 cup of cooked brown rice or wild rice  (this takes 50 mins! Instant works too but the real thing is better)

1 handful of chopped red pepper

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 chopped carrot

Half of a chopped yellow onion

2 stalks of chopped celery

A handful of dried cherries (soften them in microwave with a splash of apple cider vinegar, 10 seconds)

2 cups of Swiss chard

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 tsp of black pepper

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese


How to:

Follow instruction on back of rice. Do this step first, it takes the longest!

Cut the top off the apples, scoop out the seeds and core. Don’t over scoop, you want a nice thick wall. Brush with butter and bake for 20 mins at 350 degrees.

In skillet, saute sausage till browned. Add the red pepper, celery, onion, carrot, garlic. Saute till soft, add swiss chard. The greens will soften very quickly! Remove from skillet and add to rice. Mix well. (If dry, you can add a splash of chicken stock)


Using a spoon and your fingers, gently stuff the apples, sprinkle Parmesan across the top and place under the broiler for about 30 seconds. Just long enough to melt the cheese across the top.



That’s it! Now you have a gorgeous, hearty and healthy dinner!

Also, a big thank you to Jennifer Wright and Krystal Marshall for the amazing hand modeling.


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  • Anonymous

    I really love your blog and I think this looks delicious. I’ve never heard of this before and I’ll definitely try it out.

  • Abby

    how do you core and scoop the apples? do you need a special kitchen tool for this?

    • Realgirlskitchen

      It’s easy! with a sharp knife, slice the top off, then i scooped out the core with a small teaspoon…

      • Abby

        late reply but thank you!!! going to try this :)

  • Ellice Kim

    Looks so yummy!

  • Yuni K @ the|next|obsession

    love this! every fall i have my ikea stockholm bowl on my coffee table toppling with different kinds of apples from the farmers’ market. it’s so pretty and it reminds me to use more apples in cooking, which i love!

  • Namutami

    it looks really good. i cant wait to try it:D

  • Nwanne Agada

    This looks so good and healthy! I’m going to try it:)

  • Tami

    Love your blog Haylie:) Made this a couple weeks ago.We loved it! So yummy.

  • Natali

    Hi Haylie, i just have a question where do you brush the butter on the apples? outside where the skin is?