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This is absolutely awesome! When you cut into it - WOW - A wonderful suprise of chevre, mixed with herbs, red pepper and spinach. The chicken is coated and lightly browned before going in the oven, which helps to seal in the juices. There is quite a bit of stuffing, so if your breasts aren't large (did I say that?), you may want to consider 8 smaller ones. The recipe originally came from a local restaurant I believe. Remember, the amounts are based on fresh herbs.
- 4 large chicken breasts, skinned and deboned
- 1 red pepper, roasted and chopped
- 1 cup spinach, steamed and chopped
- 1 cup goat cheese or 1 cup chevre cheese
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon mint, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- In medium mixing bowl, mix chopped red pepper, spinach, cheese, mint, egg and 1/2 tsp of the dill.
- Blend well.
- Make an incision about an inch or so wide in the top of each chicken breast.
- Using knife and fingers, stretch the cavity to make a pocket for the spinach mixture.
- Stuff each breast with spinach mixture and press the top closed with fingers.
- In small bowl, mix flour, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp of dill.
- Press this mixture onto all sides of each chicken breast.
- In skillet, heat olive oil.
- Add chicken breasts and quickly brown each side.
- Remove from heat as soon as chicken is lightly browned.
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and place chicken on the paper.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until juice runs clear when chicken breast is pierced.
- In small sauce pan mix cream 1/2 tsp dill and the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange.
- Simmer until sauce thickens slightly (5-7 minutes).
- To serve: Place chicken on platter.
- Arrange slices of orange and lemon with sprigs of dill around platter if desired.
- Ladle sauce over chicken and serve.
Yum, what a lovely combination! But it was hard work, I had a bit of trouble to get the pocket big enough and I went through the breast the first time I attempted to make the pocket. I had spare chicken breasts and the ones that I messed up can be used for another dish. Besides the great tasting stuffing we also liked the sauce which had a soft citrus flavor. I served the chicken with oven baked potato wedges and a cucumber salad. Thanks Martha!
This is kinda awkward. I've never given this low of a review. I hope I don't offend you. I'll start with the positive:-) It was very easy to prepare, juicy, filling, healthy and quite attractive when plated and sliced into. I'm a fan of the all the ingredients in this and thought this sounded like a winner. In all honesty, the goat cheese, IMO, didn't pare well with the chicken (however I think the stuffing would have gone better in a leg of lamb or lamb cutlet. Or even beef.) The sauce was a bit soured(yes, my heavy cream was fresh. lol). The citus juice from the lemon and orange actually clabbered the cream and had to thin it down just a bit. Maybe a yogurt base sauce would have worked better, like tziki. All in all, I enjoyed making this. It just didn't meet my expectations. If it's any consolation, my 15y/o son loved it and went back for seconds. And he's never even like goat cheese.... or even spinach for that matter. lol Thank you, Martha, for posting it.
Believe I put the stuffing between 2 pcs of chicken breast - did not make a pocket. Nice change. Always looking for ways to use my roasted red peppers that I roast on the grill by the case lots and freeze.