This yummy sage chicken recipe makes people think you spend hours preparing a complicated dish...when, actually, it is very simple if you have a meat thermometer. Without a thermometer it takes a little cooking experience but still is not difficult. Just be sure to check the chicken frequently when approaching end of cook time.
The apples in the chicken are to keep the meat moist during cooking. They are not for eating...although I suppose you could.
As we know, ovens may vary from the temperature they are set at (400 degrees may not actually be 400 degrees). Be sure to watch the chicken closely in step 9 so as not to over cook or burn.