Chicken, Apple & Cheese Casserole

5 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
3 medium-size apples, halved, cored, sliced (3 c.)
2 large onions, thinly sliced (2 c.)
1 tsp. salt
3 whole chicken breasts, boned, skinned, split
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 Tbsp. brandy or apple cider

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat two-quart baking dish with one Tablespoon of the butter. Melt remaining four tablespoons butter in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add apples and onions and saute until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Spoon into baking dish. Rub chicken with salt and pepper and arrange over apple-onion mixture. Combine cheeses with bread crumbs and thyme and sprinkle over the chicken. Drizzle brandy or cider over cheese. Bake for 35 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and chicken is done. Makes six servings.

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