Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Havarti & Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts

I wish we had a fresh meat market in town! I wanted skinless-boneless chicken breasts but settled on breasts with the rib meat attached...ugh!

Despite my little fit about not getting what I was attitude adjustment time!

I really like Havarti cheese and pair it with apples-oh yum-a taste treat indeed!

Try to purchase nice large breasts-MINUS-the rib meat as they would assemble so much easier!

Havarti & Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste
Thinly peeled apple slices
1/4 cup Havarti, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider
Fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit about 2" long in thick side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Season inside of pocket with salt and pepper. Stuff 3-4 apple slices & 1 tbsp. Havarti into each pocket. Secure cut edges together with wooden picks.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium/high heat and add chicken...cook two minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from heat and transfer to oven for about 20 minutes, turning once. Remove chicken from skillet and place on serving platter.

To the skillet, add the apple cider and stir for about 4 minutes over medium/high heat or until cider has reduced and thickens a bit. Pour cider mixture over the chicken and serve. You may want to garnish with chopped parsley, sliced green onions and a few sprigs on thyme.


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