Sunday, November 19, 2006

Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

A few weeks ago I was on a business trip to upstate New York. I stayed at Fred's Inn and had a nice dinner there of an apple raisin stuffed chicken breast. Today I tried coming up with my own version that was veggie and raisin safe for Dianne. It turned out pretty well.

The key was Jack Lalanne's power juicer. I juiced three apples (two Braeburn and one Granny Smith). I took all the pulp (about 2 cups) and added about a cup of bread crumbs and a few tablespoons of the juice, some sage, thyme, and parsley. That was the stuffing. I made a pocket in each boneless, skinless chicken breast, filled it with stuffing, and tied it shut. Dianne browned the breasts and then we finished them in a 350 degree oven until the internal temp was well above 165. It took about 30 minutes.

I deglazed the pan with about 1 1/2 cups of the apple juice and some white wine. I also added a bit of thyme, sage, and pepper. I reduced that down and added just a bit of cornstarch to thicken slightly. To balance the sweet flavor, I added a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I used that sauce on top of the chicken when plating.

With the chicken, we had sauteed green beans with lemon zest and a cheese hashbrown casserole. It was a good dinner -- the chicken had a nice, savory apple flavor. It was a pretty good imitation of the dinner I had at Fred's Inn.


Lora_3 said...

That sounds so good!

Be Safe...

Dianne said...

I'm not the best sous chef, but I'm really glad I got to help with this meal. If I hadn't seen it assembled the entire way I would have SWORN there were onions in there. Guess that apple pulp looks and crunches like an onion. It tasted great, but without KNOWING there weren't any onions in it, I don't know if I could have eaten it.

Anonymous said...

God bless you for putting up with my sister all these years. She's can be a real weirdo about her food. You should have seen her at McDonald's growing up.

I am impressed by your culinary skills!

~Carla~ said...

you're wife hasn't added me to her list of blog readers. I can't know what you're talking about if I'm not invited. :) And you guys sound like awesome chefs.. too bad about the onion.. lol