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Chicken Stuffed with Apples and Cheddar Cheese

Chicken Stuffed with Apples and Cheddar Cheese

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt and pepper for seasoning chicken
  • Butter

Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons apple preserves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Pound the chicken breasts until they are ½ inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin. Place flattened chicken on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and place inside refrigerator.

In a dish, combine apple cubes, walnuts, cheddar cheese, kosher salt, pepper, nutmeg and olive oil.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Remove chicken breasts from refrigerator. Place the apple mixture on one half of the chicken breasts. Fold the other side of the breast over the apple mixture—the chicken should resemble a half moon.

After all four chicken breasts are stuffed, place them in a baking dish. Pat the outsides of the chicken dry with a paper towel, then drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside to make the glaze.

Combine ingredients for glaze in a saucepan and heat over medium heat to melt apple preserves and dissolve brown sugar (about 3–5 minutes).… Read the rest

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GATHER ’ROUND THE GRILL

Backyard cooking is key to savoring summer As children we are led to believe that for the rest of our lives “summer” will be synonymous with “vacation.” Despite our highest expectations, each and every time the days get longer and the trees get fuller, life speeds up and we’re whisked from June to September without so much as an afternoon on the playground. But the one thing we always count on—and take the time for—is a good barbecue. Summer is the best time to host a party: no-bake meals, disposable plates (compostable, of course) and the opportunity to unwind with good friends as the day cools around you. But it even for die-hard entertainers it’s tricky to find the time to put together a big meal, or the energy to stand in a hot kitchen for longer than it takes to pour a glass of lemonade.
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SIMPLE GRILLED CHICKEN

1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

2 whole chickens, cut into pieces Preheat grill to medium-high.

Drizzle olive oil over chicken, and rub with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Place chicken on grill, skin side down. Close cover and grill 8 minutes. Flip chicken, and close cover again. Grill until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes more.

Transfer chicken to a plate, and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with panzanella.

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CHICKEN CACCIATORE

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1–2 medium onions, sliced
12 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
(My grandmother peeled them and snapped the stems off and sliced those separately.)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chicken, cut into parts
½ cup flour with 1 teaspoon salt and
¼ teaspoon pepper mixed in
½ cup leftover red wine
2 pounds tomatoes, diced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
½ cup minced parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour and set aside. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent; add the mushrooms and sauté until golden. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic (about a minute). Remove from pan and place in a bowl big enough for the chicken too.

Add the next 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Make sure it is steaming hot. Brown the chicken on both sides (about 6 minutes per side), and remove from pan. Deglaze the pan with the red wine; add the tomatoes, crushed red pepper (if using) and minced parsley. Simmer until soft. Add the chicken and mushroom-onion mixture into the pan and simmer for about an hour on a low heat.… Read the rest

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