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This is a much altered version of a recipe I found online a few years ago. I simplified it and it actually tastes better than the more difficult version. My family loves this recipe. My husband literally drinks the sauce. These are great for 4 or for 24. Very easy to scale up for large dinner parties.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 cups beef stock
- 7 dried apricots
- 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
- 1⁄2 large seeded tomato, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- portion of small bag of fresh Baby Spinach
- salt and pepper
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
- For stuffing boil enough water to soak apricots and cranberries. Let soak for 15 minutes. Let apricots cool slightly and cut into small pieces and add to bowl with tomatoes and feta cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Using sharp knife, cut horizontal slit 3/4 way through each chicken breast. Open like a book and place on a cooking sheet. I use a cooking stone sheet with great results. Place a couple of layers of spinach on each inside side of chicken breast. No need to steam first. Place as much of the stuffing mix as you can on one side and close the breast over. I don't use string, but you can if you find it easier. I stuff as much as I can, almost to the point of overstuffing.
- Lightly brush olive oil over breasts. Cover with foil for the first 10 mins of baking and then remove foil for last 30 mins or so. Actual time depends on breast size. I remove from oven when internal temp is 175 degrees. Cover with foil while you complete the sauce. I usually let sit covered for 10 mins or so.
- For sauce melt 1 tbsp butter in sauce pan on medium heat. Add garlic and brown. Add the cider vinegar and boil 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beef stock and reduce temperature slightly and continue to boil until sauce is reduced to desired thickness and taste. About 10-15 mins should do it. You can dilute with additional stock if you boil down too much. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can play around with sugar and vinegar amounts to get the flavor that is right for you.
- You can serve breast as is or sliced. I prefer whole as I find that it tends to fall apart. Pour sauce over and serve.