This tasty chicken recipe gets a boost from a stuffing of fresh herbs, diced ham, and McIntosh apple, along with an interesting Persian-inspired sauce. Garnish this flavorful chicken with fresh thyme and basil sprigs.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron
- 6 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
- 1 McIntosh apple, chopped
- 1 cup cooked country ham, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
SAUTE onion in 2 tablespoons hot olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Add walnuts and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes.
ADD brown sugar and next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 30 minutes or until thickened; cool slightly.
PULSE mixture in a blender or food processor 3 or 4 times or until smooth; keep warm.
PLACE chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
TOSS together apple, ham, and thyme. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of apple mixture onto each chicken breast; roll up, securing with wooden picks.
HEAT remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add chicken, and cook 2 minutes on each side. Reduce heat; cover and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until done. Drizzle with sauce. Garnish, if desired.
Reprinted with permission of Southern Living® magazine. All rights reserved.