Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apple Gravy

Apples and fresh herbs enhance this spectacular chicken dish. A burst of apple flavor in the stuffing is irresistible.

Ingredients

Stuffing:
1 (32 ounce) container chicken broth
6 cups rustic sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY, divided
1/3 cup apple juice
2 whole chicken breasts, halved, skinned and boned
Apple Gravy:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups reduced broth (see stuffing ingredients)
1/2 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, boil chicken broth on medium high until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups. Set aside.

Place bread cubes in a large bowl. In a small bowl mix together sage, thyme and rosemary.

In a medium skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add apples, celery and onions. Sauté until they soften, about 10 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Stir to combine and add to bowl with bread cubes. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixed herbs on top. Toss. Add 1 cup reduced broth and 1/3 cup apple juice. Toss lightly to mix.

Place chicken breasts between plastic wrap or in a large baggie and pound with a meat mallet until 1/4-inch thick. Season with salt and pepper. Spread about 1/3 cup apple stuffing on each breast. Roll up lengthwise and tie securely with kitchen string.

Heat remaining tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Cook chicken until well browned on all sides. Place in prepared pan, surround with remaining stuffing. Drizzle chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon of honey and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon mixed herbs.

Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. To serve, remove string from chicken, slice breasts and drizzle with gravy.

Apple Gravy:
Heat butter in a saucepan until butter just begins to brown. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and apple juice. Simmer over a low heat, whisking occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add herbs, season with salt and pepper.

Serves: 4


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