03 Jan 2016

pecan stuffed chicken breast

pecan stuffed chicken breast

 

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: Recipe courtesy of Daphne Brogdon, modified 
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus for drizzling
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 7 ounces each), butterflied*
1 tablespoon molasses, mixed with 2 teaspoons hot water
1 teaspoon ground fennel
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1 medium shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup pecans, toasted, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
3 tablespoons safflower or grape seed oil
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
Half 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

*I asked my butcher (or the person at the meat counter at your market) to butterfly and even out the meat. It was way easier than doing this at home.

pecan stuffed chicken breast

DIRECTIONS
Lay out a 15-inch-long piece of plastic wrap on a cutting board and drizzle it with a little olive oil. Lay a butterflied chicken breast, cut side up, on the plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over to cover. Using a meat pounder, pound out the thicker parts of the breast so that it’s uniformly thick. Fold the plastic wrap open and brush the chicken breast with the molasses; season with generous pinches of fennel, salt and pepper. (This will be the inside part of the breast that gets stuffed.) Fold the plastic wrap back over and flip the breast over. Fold plastic wrap open and season the other side of the breast with salt and pepper. (This is the outside that will later get seared in the pan.) Re-cover with the plastic wrap and place on a plate. Repeat this process with the remaining chicken breasts. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.

pecan stuffed chicken breast

Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and pecans, and cook another 2 minutes. Add the tarragon and cook another minute. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

pecan stuffed chicken breast

Remove a butterflied breast from the plastic wrap. Place it on a cutting board, molasses-side up. Place 1/4 cup of the filling on half of the chicken breast. Fold over the other half to enclose the filling. Using a bamboo skewer, close up the opening by threading the skewer through one end of the opening to the other to secure. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling.

pecan stuffed chicken breast
pecan stuffed chicken breast

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the stuffed chicken breasts and cook for about 3 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Add the wine, chicken broth and crushed tomatoes. Turn down the heat to low, cover, and poach until the chicken is cooked through, another 8 minutes.

Pecan stuffed chicken breast.

Transfer the chicken to a plate, remove the skewers, cover the chicken with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. While chicken is resting, turn up the heat on the poaching liquid to medium, add the crushed red pepper, and let simmer until thickened and reduced by a third, about 5 minutes (I did it for 15 because I wanted it really thick). Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Strain the sauce into a small pot and keep warm over low heat until ready to serve. Instead of the liquid, I used the tomato mixture as my dressing and it was glorious.

To serve: Slice the chicken, if desired, and arrange on a serving platter. Pour some sauce over the top. Serve immediately, with extra sauce on the side.

pecan stuffed chicken breast
pecan stuffed chicken breast

13 Comments

  1. Fantastic. For me, happiness has never been in having a place of permanence, being able to say, “I’ve made it,” or the typical things we are taught to rely upon. There is so much joy in the day-to-day, so many things that normal people miss all of the time.

    Keep doing what you’re doing. It looks like it’s working to me.

    Posted on 1.3.16 · Reply to comment
    • Thanks, Jon! I’m trying so hard to find happiness in the day-to-day. Admittedly, it’s a struggle but I’m trying. Thanks for your kind words. Warmly, f.

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  2. This looks so yummy!

    Posted on 1.3.16 · Reply to comment
  3. Wonderful, food is joy!

    Privileged friends can’t understand much but hey, if they are there for you then that’s enough. That’s more than enough.

    As I eat chicken here, cheers!

    Posted on 1.3.16 · Reply to comment
  4. chui55 wrote:

    Wow,that sounds and looks good. I like the pictures and your personal touch and your toughness.

    Posted on 1.3.16 · Reply to comment
  5. prog chik wrote:

    D@mn you. I’m lying in bed and now my stomach is growling.

    Posted on 1.3.16 · Reply to comment
  6. Jasmine S. wrote:

    Oh, looks so good!! Beautiful shots, too.

    Posted on 1.4.16 · Reply to comment
  7. This looks very tasty!!! Must try 🙂

    Posted on 2.17.16 · Reply to comment
  8. Looks absolutely delish…will try it this weekend, thanks!

    Posted on 3.17.16 · Reply to comment

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