Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Dijon Glaze

A top favorite in our house! I make my own stuffing and have included a very simple no-precook recipe for stuffing, but feel free to use your favorite stuffing recipe or the boxed variety. I use a leftover assortment of bread that is on the cusp of molding in my pantry. This go around it was 2 pieces of cornbread, 3 small yeast rolls, and four wheat dollar rolls.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Dijon Glaze

4 cups bread cubes, about 1/2 inch pieces
2 tsp dried onion
1 tsp dried garlic
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp celery salt or regular salt
1 cup broth (or more)
1 tbs butter, melted

For the Dijon Glaze
1/2 cup dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
1 tsp dried thyme

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

To make the stuffing, leave out the bread cubes on a dry surface (avoid placing them on a towel, as they will hold onto moisture) for a day and a night to let them dry out. If you are pressed for time, you can toast the cubes in the oven until just crunchy but not browned and skip the overnight/all day step.
Preheat oven to 400. Place cubes in a mixing bowl and add the dried onion through the butter. Mix well. Your stuffing should be very moist and almost soggy, add more broth if you need it.
Take each chicken breast and make a pocket opening along one side but not all the way through (imagine a pita pocket). Stuff each breast to overfilling with the mixture and place in a large greased baking dish. Give each breast a light pinch of salt and pepper. Dump any leftover stuffing in between the breasts.

Once you have all the breasts stuffed, make the dijon glaze by mixing the dijon, honey, and thyme in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over each breast, but don't rub it in.
Cover and bake 45 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
We ate ours with steamed broccoli with a homemade cheese sauce and some applesauce with cinnamon.

*feel oven lazy? this recipe works WONDERFULLY in the crock-pot. make just as directed above, except assemble the breasts mid morning and let cook on low heat in the crock-pot until dinner time.

*You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pork chops!

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