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French-Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts Cooking View


This meal was so fantastic, I wanted to share it with you immediately after eating.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it the rest of the evening after eating, and I wished it were on the menu for the following evening as well.  All signs of a great dish, I tell you.  It is definitely a meal that is nice enough to serve to guests, but I loved it so much I’m sure we’ll enjoy it on plenty of regular weeknights as well.  This may seem a bit complicated but I assure you, it’s easier than it may seem and definitely worth any extra effort it does require.

The chicken breasts are filled with a mixture of mushrooms, leeks and fresh herbs as well as very finely processed chicken tenderloins which help keep the filling cohesive, sturdy and moist.  The dish is finished off with an unbelievable pan sauce that is full of flavor.  Please, please don’t skip the sauce – it is what takes this meal from good to great.

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French-Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 oz. each)
3 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced thin
1 small leek, white part halved lengthwise and chopped (about 1 cup)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
½ tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, divided
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Cooking View

Directions

  • If your chicken breasts have the tenderloin attached, remove the tenderloins and set aside.  Using a sharp knife, butterfly each chicken breast horizontally, almost all the way through but not quite, leaving the two halves attached like the pages of a book.  Open up the butterflied breasts and lay them out flat.  Place each piece of chicken, laid out flat, in a large zipper-lock bag one at a time.  Pound the chicken pieces to ¼-inch thickness.  Trim about 1½ inch from the long side of the cutlets, to remove about 1½ to 2 ounces per piece of chicken.  (Use the reserved tenderloins in place of or in addition to the trimmings to equal about ½ cup total reserved chicken pieces.)  Process the trimmings in a food processor until smooth, about 20 seconds.  Transfer the puree to a medium bowl.  Do not wash out the bowl of the food processor.

  • To make the stuffing, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until all moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms are golden brown, about 8-11 minutes.  Add an additional tablespoon of oil as well as the leek; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 2-4 minutes.  Mix in the garlic and thyme and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add 1½ teaspoons of the lemon juice and cook until the moisture has evaporated, about 30 seconds.   Transfer the mixture to the bowl of the food processor.  Return the pan to the heat; add the wine and scrape the pan to loosen browned bits.  Transfer the wine mixture to a small bowl and set aside.  Turn off the heat on the pan.

  • Pulse the mushroom mixture in the food processor until roughly chopped, about five 1-second pulses.  Transfer the mushroom mixture to the bowl with the pureed chicken.  Mix in half of the parsley, and the salt and pepper.  Use a spatula to fold together the stuffing ingredients until well combined.

  • With the chicken breasts laid out flat, spread a quarter of the filling mixture over each of the breasts, leaving a clear edge around the perimeter.  Roll up each breast as tightly as possible without squeezing out the filling and place seam-side down.  Tie evenly with 3 pieces of twine around each chicken breast.

  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.  Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.  Add the chicken bundles and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Add the broth and reserved wine mixture to the pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 160˚ F, about 12-18 minutes.  Transfer to a plate or cutting board and tent loosely with foil.

  • While the chicken is resting, whisk the mustard into the cooking liquid.  Bring the heat to a high simmer, scraping the pan bottom to loosen browned bits.  Simmer until reduced to ½ cup, about 7-10 minutes.  Off the heat, whisk in the butter, remaining parsley and lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove the pieces of twine, slice the chicken pieces on a slight diagonal, and serve with sauce spooned over the top.

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  • http://candy-apples.blogspot.com/ Ai

    Looks yummyyyyyy♥

    xoxo
    Ai

  • http://www.jennalaughs.com/ jenna laughs

    Yum! Between the mustard, lemon and white wine – I bet this has fantastic flavor.

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com the blissful baker

    this does sound delicious – i will put it on the menu for dinner this weekend! i can’t wait to try it!

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Great dinner idea!

  • http://www.happywhennothungry.wordpress.com HappyWhenNotHungry

    These chicken breasts look so yummy and I love the presentation too!

  • http://ashandlewplus2.com Lew (ashandlewplus2.com)

    This dish looks amazing. What style mustard did you use. I wonder what it would taste like with spicy mustard? Have a great day
    Lew

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Annie, this looks incredibly yummy and right up Michael’s alley. He’s been working so hard lately, so I know I’ll be making this for him as an extra little treat. Thanks for posting it!

  • http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com Eat Good 4 Life

    I am not a big fan of poultry and meat but this dish looks very elegant and yummy. The wine and the broth together I bet gives this dish a very distinctive and yummy flavor. My husband would love to eat some of this :-) will see…….

  • Annie

    I used Dijon.

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    Yum, this looks great.

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This looks like a delicious dish and a great dinner idea, Annie. Sometimes it’s tough to think of one after another creative things to do with chicken breasts, but recipes like this keep me inspired and get me craving chicken at 8AM! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    I’m intrigued by this. I don’t buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but I’m thinking this could be made with bone in breasts. (I buy whole birds and dismantle them myself.) The knife work might require some expertise, but I think it could be done.

  • http://kateiscooking.blogspot.com kateiscooking

    And, best news of all is that 1)I have all the ingredients and 2)I was trying to figure out what to do with chicken tonight. So, now it’s a choice between the mustard/beer chicken on MomChef’s blog or this… These look fantastic!

  • http://cookingwithkaren.wordpress.com Karen

    I made this a few months ago after seeing it on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen. We served it at a dinner party and everyone loved it! :)

  • http://oneshotbeyond.com/ oneshotbeyond

    saving it…just b/c of your description!!! :-)

  • http://gravytraining.wordpress.com Karen @ Gravy Training

    I am addicted to Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen. This recipe is definitely going on my menu next week!

  • http://www.retrosweets.com retro sweets

    I love chicken breasts. I always prefer them than drumsticks because I love getting the meat off the bones. And with mushroom involved expect me to be in! Wow, what a glorious looking dish. Gotta make this one when my colds are gone so that I’ll enjoy them. Next week it is!

  • http://flourdusted.blogspot.com/ briarrose

    Wonderful recipe and it looks so pretty.

  • http://www.nibblemethis.com Chris

    I’m so glad we just renewed our subscription to CI.

    Excellent post and gorgeous photo as always! I want to go make this right now because the ingredient list rocks with flavors I love.

  • http://www.kitchencouture.tumblr.com katemparham

    Oh my god- this chicken looks amazing! Not surprised to see you got the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated– they’re the best! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary

    Annie…
    It smells delicious, but..how in the world do you make this after a long day at work? I started a little after 6 and we will not eat until 9:15! I can already tell it will be worth it and will make it again. I will start earlier next time! Again, thanks for another wonderful recipe.

  • Annie

    I didn’t take me longer than an hour to make this. To some people that may be too long for a weeknight, but cooking is my way to unwind so I don’t mind it.

  • Kelsey

    Thanks so much for this recipe–I cooked this and your spicy mac’n’cheese and sauteed zucchini and delivered it to the 24 hour establishments near my house–I figured if you get stuck working on Christmas Eve, you should at least have a good meal. Thanks for helping!

  • Shelly

    Annie, I am thinking about making this for company this coming weekend but don’t want to be making it while they are there, do you think I could prepare the chicken breasts and keep them in the fridge until closer to meal time and then just cook? Do you remember approximately how long you cooked these? Thanks! I am addicted to your site, everything I have tried of yours has been fantastic and you have totally got me back into cooking and baking, thank you!

  • Shelly

    Sorry – I just read about 12-18 minutes after they have been browned on all sides. Perfect -thanks!

  • http://ourlifeinfood.com Carrie

    This was a fabulous recipe! It really felt like something that you would order at a nice restaurant. I couldn’t believe how tender the chicken breasts were. Thank you for sharing the recipe – it’s a keeper for sure.

  • Krista

    I tried this tonight for a practice run for a dinner party I am hosting later this week. I think it would be a wonderful dish but my husband and I agreed there was way too much salt for our taste. I would cut the salt in the filling completly. I think I’m heading back to the drawing board before serving to company.

  • Nia

    I made this for a friend of mine a while back, and it was amazing. I am not really all that fond of mushrooms, but because they were in the filling and all chopped to bits, I really enjoyed the flavor and moisture they imparted to the chicken breasts.

  • Emma

    I made this for my family a few weeks ago and I’m already planning on making it again — the flavors were just delicious. I thought it was just a tad overcooked, but I’m blaming that on the fact that I didn’t achieve sufficient uniformity in the size of my pounded chicken cutlets, so some of my chicken bundles were smaller than others and thus cooked quicker than the larger bundles. I can’t wait to try this again! I’ll probably serve it with garlic rice pilaf (and it looks like you did, too!) and my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe (braised with shallots in chicken broth, white wine, and Dijon mustard, so it pairs great with this recipe — from Smitten Kitchen).