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Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apple-Thyme Sauce

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apple-Thyme Sauce

Nutrition Facts
  • cal. (kcal) 272
Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apple-Thyme Sauce
  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 25 mins
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 17

Ingredients

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds total)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 10 - ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 2/3 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 1/3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions

  1. Place each breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness.* Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat; add garlic. Cook and stir about 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in well-drained spinach, 1/3 cup of the currants, and half of the pine nuts. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide spinach mixture among chicken breasts. Starting from a long side, roll up each chicken breast into a spiral, folding in ends.
  4. Lightly grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Place chicken roll-ups, seam sides down, in prepared baking dish. Brush with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with additional pepper. (Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.) Bake, uncovered, in 375 degrees oven about 25 minutes or until no longer pink and juices run clear.
  5. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan gradually stir chicken broth and apple juice into cornstarch. Add remaining 1/3 cup currants and the dried thyme, if using. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. (Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Reheat before serving.) Stir in remaining pine nuts, the butter, and the fresh thyme, if using.
  6. To serve, diagonally slice each chicken breast into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange chicken slices on serving plates; drizzle with a little sauce. Pass remaining sauce.

Tip

  • *Time-saving tip: Pound chicken up to 1 day in advance. Wrap and refrigerate to store.

Nutrition Information

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 272 cal., 10 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 70 mg chol., 358 mg sodium, 17 g carb. (2 g fiber), 30 g pro.

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