Thrive-Health Guide Southern West Virginia August 2020 - Page 9

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Dried Fruit and Goat Cheese Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup onion, small diced 1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped dates 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1/4 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 -6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 tablespoons olive oil Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Heat butter in a small skillet over medium heat. 3. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly browned 5-6 minutes. Set aside and cool. 4. Put dates and apricots in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. 5. Add parsley, thyme and reserved onions; pulse briefly to combine. 6. Transfer to a small bowl, gently fold in the goat cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. 7. Set chicken breasts on cutting board. Use a thin, sharp knife to slice a pocket in the thicker side of each chicken breast, not cutting all the way through. Stuff the breasts, spreading and stuffing evenly. 8. Season with salt and pepper. 9. Add a little oil to 1 large skillets and heat over medium-high heat. 10. When pan is hot, put 2 chicken breasts in skillet. 11. Sear until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet. Do the same to the other two breasts. 12. Bake until chicken is cooked through, 12-15 minutes, turning breast over about halfway through baking time. 13. Remove chicken from the oven & serve immediately. AUGUST 2020 • THRIVE • 9