Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What's For Dinner Wednesday?


Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Dried Fruit & Goat Cheese

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 finely chopped onion

1/4 pitted and coarsely chopped dates (or prunes...sounds ug but good!)

1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1/4 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese

Kosher salt & ground black pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast

4 slices of bacon

2 tablespoon olive oil

***I use the dried, bagged apricots and prunes/dates that are found in produce section

**Also, turkey bacon is really good as a substitute for real bacon and so much better for you!

*And if you're cooking for 2, obviously just cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Heat butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly browned, 5-6 minute. Set aside to cool

3.Put dates and apricots in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add parsley, thyme and reserved onions; pulse briefly to combine.

4. Transfer to a small bowl, gently fold in goat cheese and season to taste with s&p

5. Set chicken breast on a cutting board. Use a thin, sharp knife to slice a pocket in the thicker side of each chicken breast, not cutting all the way through. Stuff the breast, spreading the stuffing evenly.

6. Wrap 1 strip of bacon crosswise around each chicken breast. Tie with kitchen string in a few places, being sure to secure the bacon. Season with s&p.

7. Divide oil between 2 large skillets and heat over medium-high heat. When pans are hot, put 2 chicken breasts in each skillet (or use 1 skillet and cook in batches) Sear until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet.

8. Bake until chicken is cooked through, 12-15 minutes, turning breasts over about halfway through baking time.

9. Remove chicken from oven, cut off string and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

(This is really good with roasted broccoli or cauliflower!)



Debbie said...

Goodness! That sounds great.

New Mommy!!! said...

Sounds yummy!! I am loving the recipes!!

Shell said...

That sounds delicious! I love dates and would probably eat a ton instead of putting them in the recipe.

Paige said...

What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Just stopping by from SITS to say hello. Hope you have a great weekend!

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I am totally going to make this...I will let you know how it goes!

Jenn Erickson said...

Bacon, goat cheese, apricots? I'm sold!

Missy said...

You had me a goat cheese. :-) I cannot wait to try this one out!!