Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stuffed chicken breast


Husband and I were talking about food and he happened to mention bug bag chicken. Yes, that's right.....bug bag chicken. How wonderful does that sound????
Actually it's delicious. I made this Martha Stewart recipe years ago and it was a staple at our house for quite a while. For whatever reason it fell out of the rotation.
The "bug bag" chicken reference should be explained. The mushroom, onion and herb mixture stuffed under the skin looks a bit like the bug bags that like to inhabit flowering trees.  Disgusting things and that is where the comparison ends.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1 Shallot, peeled and minced
1 pound White Button Mushrooms, finely chopped
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper To Taste
¼ cup Dry White Wine
1 cup Finely Chopped Parsley
2 Whole Boneless Chicken Breasts, split

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add garlic and shallot; saute, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms; cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their juices, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add white wine, and continue cooking until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the parsley. 2. Pull skin back from one chicken breast, keeping skin attached at one end. Season with salt and pepper. Mound ⅓ cup mushroom filling on breast; pull skin back over filling. Tuck ends under breast, forming a ball. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining chicken and filling. 3. Place stuffed breasts in a roasting pan, keeping them close together but not touching. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over top. Transfer to oven; roast until skin is golden brown and chicken has cooked through, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve.

It is a quick, easy and tasty recipe. I have never been able to find boneless skin-on chicken breast so I make it with boned. The idea of trying to de-bone and have an intact piece of meat left doesn't fill me with confidence.  I served it with cauliflower with white sauce.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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