Monday, November 1, 2010

CHICKEN, AGAIN?!?!? - Well, if it's stuffed w/ brie...

Well, if it’s stuffed w/ brie…

I think I’m starting to cluck.  Really.  Though we still have meat and fish once or twice a week, chicken seems to have possessed our kitchen… or Richard… or both.  Roast chicken.  Chicken stew.   Chicken soup.  Chicken piccata.  Chicken w/ Swiss chard.  Coq au vin.  Chicken w/ tomato salsa (all of which I wrote about).   Our house is a chicken in every pot… and pan house.  It’s a good thing I love chicken.  Cluck!

But sometimes too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing, no matter how much you want to make healthful meals on a budget.  So when Richard said he was making chicken AGAIN, I balked (well, it is baseball World Series time)… until he said “with BRIE!”  OK, as some of you know, one of my favorite food groups is cheese.  You put cheese on anything (except, perhaps, chocolate) and I’ll eat it.  You melt it (even on chocolate – well, maybe not) and I’ll devour it.

So, when Richard found this chicken/brie recipe in old issue (May, 1997) of Cooking Light he decided to make it.  Even w/ the melted brie, its low cal (220 – 29% from fat); low fat (7.1 gram – sat. 3.2’ mono 2.5; poly 0.7), high protein (30.8 g); manageable cholesterol 80mg; high calcium (62mg); reasonable sodium (263 mg); 1g fiber; 1.6mg; and a low 7.1 carb…  and pretty “healthy.”

And did I mention it was melty delicious?   I just did.

One reason it’s healthful is NO skin.  So, how do you stuff a skinless chicken breast?  Read on.


1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups sliced onion
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2/3 cup dry white wine, divided
2 ounces brie or camembert cheese  rind removed & cut into small pieces
   (about 2 tablespoons)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 (4 ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or ¾ teaspoon dried rubbed sage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10-1/2 ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
Sage sprigs (optional)

Heat ½ teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add sliced onion; sauté 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Add sliced garlic; sauté 5 minutes.  Stir in 1/3 cup wine; cook 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.  Spoon onion mixture into a bowl; let cool.  Stir in Brie, salt, and pepper.

Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket.  Stuff about 1-1/2 tablespoon of the onion/brie mixture in each pocket.

Heat remaining ½ teaspoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken;

 sauté 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done.  Remove chicken from skillet.  Set aside; keep warm.

Add remaining 1/3 cup white wine, minced onion, sage, and minced garlic in skillet.  Cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.  Stir in broth.  Bring to a boil, and cook 7 minutes or until reduced to ¾ cup.  Return chicken to skillet, cover and simmer 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 

 Serve sauce w/ chicken.

Garnish w/ fresh sage, if desired.

Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 3 tablespoons of sauce)



Richard said...

Brie as a bird! Dee-lish!

Alex said...

I am really loving your food blog, Ilona. I think we're having chicken & brie tomorrow night and are definitely doing zucchini wrapped pork tonight!

ilona saari said...

Very funny, Richard...

Can't wait to hear how you liked them, Alex.

Andrea said...

You had me until I saw the asparagus, Lonie! But I'm as big a cheese fanatic as you are, and I have been poring through my collection of old Cooking Light mags, as well. Think I'll try this one soon (without the asparagus!).


ilona saari said...

LOL -- gotta admit - I love asparagus -- but string beans would love as pretty

Nina M. said...

yum, this looks good. I will definitely put that on my menu next week, thanks Ilona!

Alex Juhola said...

I made this tonight (finally!) and it came out perfectly. Being at high altitude (5280) I ended up putting it in the oven for an extra 7mins. This is definitely entering the rotation under slightly extravagant caloricly yet affordable dinners.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cheese on chocolate; Has no one ever assaulted your palate with velveeta fudge? Consider yourself lucky!

ilona saari said...

I love Velveeta (add to homemade mac & cheese and you have the best mac & cheese ever) - Velveeta makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches. That said, Velveeta chocolate? yuk!