The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Opinion

April 5, 2014

COOKING WITH SIMON: Entertain with easy chicken entree

Easter and Mother’s Day are right around the corner and that means family gatherings.

And when it comes to serving a crowd you’re better off picking a recipe that is easy, yet full of flavor.

No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen when they also have to consider entertaining friends and relatives.

This week’s recipe offers both – easy chicken breasts stuffed with sweet and creamy ingredients.

Pan-fried or grilled is usually what we think of first for chicken breasts but stuffing the breast and baking it is a way to hold in the moisture of the meat and add flavor.

In this recipe, I used Boursin — a flavored cream cheese that you can find in the deli department at the grocery store.

But you could also use brie, goat cheese, feta, cream cheese or blue cheese.

Strawberries were my next choice for the filling, but some savory options include sliced mushrooms, spinach, pinenuts, chopped tomatoes and basil.

Get creative and try a combination of your favorite ingredients. Either way, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts

4 tablespoons Boursin cheese

4 sliced strawberries

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place the chicken breasts flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut lengthwise across the breast to create a pocket. Do not cut all the way through the breast. Open up the chicken and spread the cheese in the pocket. Layer the strawberry slices over the cheese. Close the pocket and secure the seams of the breast with a toothpick. Place in a baking pan and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.

Remove the toothpicks before serving. Can be sliced for better presentation. Serve hot or cold.

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Simon Webster is the Executive Chef & Owner of Sabor Pasion Estate & Vineyard. A multi-event venue in Palestine, Texas. Born in England and raised in New Zealand he brings his globally inspired cuisine and lifestyle to guests of the Sabor a Pasion estate. www.saborapasion.com, 903-729-9500

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