Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chicken Breast stuffed with Monterey Jack and Broccoli

This was one we just "invented".  Turned out great!   Serves about 6.

Chicken Breast stuffed with Broccoli and Monterey Jack Cheese - YUM!!

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 bunch fresh broccoli
½ large onion, coarsely chopped
2 ½ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 tbl. grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Ricotta cheese
1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
pinch of salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
2 tbl. mayonnaise
12 strips bacon
olive oil
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup sherry
2 tbl. additional parmesan (for topping)
·         Cut the broccoli heads off the stems, keeping most of the stems to use, and break apart the florets
·         Slice the stem pieces into thin slices
·         Put the stem pieces into a steamer, top with the florets stem-side down, and steam until tender
·         Rinse the broccoli with cold water, drain and allow to cool
·         (do the following in 2 batches – it’s too much to put all into the food processor at once)  Place the broccoli and onion in a food processor and process briefly, until finely chopped
·         Add the Monterey Jack, 1 ½ tbl. parmesan, ricotta, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and mayonnaise, and process until it all starts to hold together, then chil until ready to use
·         Cut a pocket into each chicken breast half, about ¼” all the way around from the edges (pocket should be about 3” long)
·         Stuff the chicken breasts with the chilled broccoli mixture, pressing it firmly into the pockets
·         Wrap each breast half with 2 slices of bacon (secure with a toothpick if needed) and brush lightly with the olive oil, then sprinkle lightly with ground black pepper
·         Place chicken breasts in a lightly oiled baking dish, pour in the chicken broth and the sherry
·         Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400° for one hour
·         Uncover and baste with the juice in the baking dish and bake an additional 30 to 45 more minutes, uncovered, at 350°
·         Sprinkle with the additional 2 tbl. of parmesan about 10 minutes before done cooking

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