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Walnut-Stuffed Chicken

February 8, 2012

Remember the other day when I mentioned to you that we eat a lot of chicken?  It was Grilled Chicken with Cherries, Shallots, and Arugula, ring a bell?  It’s plain to see why we have to get creative when it comes to cooking our chicken.  A very simple way to dress up your chicken is to stuff it.  It is an easy technique that is often overlooked.

This recipe is actually very healthy.  The stuffing and crumb coating both consist of walnuts, which are loaded with omega-3’s.  Spinach, which is loaded with iron.  Shiitake mushrooms, which are an excellent source of selenium.  The crumb coating doesn’t even have any bread crumbs, it uses crackers instead!!  If you have never stuffed a chicken breast you can check out this video.

Walnut-Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

        10 thin, crisp whole-grain crackers, such as Kavli
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, chopped (3 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
2 ounces spinach, trimmed
1 tablespoon water
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each), butterflied and pounded evenly
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse crackers and 3/4 cup walnuts in a food processor until finely ground.
Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and shallots until soft, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and thyme, and cook until mushrooms are slightly golden, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add spinach and water to skillet. Cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Chop spinach, and add to mushroom mixture. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup walnuts.
Season each chicken breast with 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Lay 1 chicken breast on a plate. Spread 1/2 cup mushroom-walnut mixture onto chicken, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Roll, and tie with kitchen twine. Cover with crumb mixture, pressing to coat. Repeat with remaining chicken, mushroom-walnut mixture, and crumbs. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Untie, and slice.

Makes 6 servings

Sources Whole Living
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Elements for Health

If you are looking for ways to get excited about chicken, look no further!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 9:24 pm

    Lovely photos and presentation. Like the fact that the chicken is baked. Very healthy and delicious.

    • February 10, 2012 3:58 pm

      Thank you! I like the fact that the chicken is baked, too 🙂 I hope you’ll try it.

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