Apple-Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 bacon slices, diced
- 1/2 cup peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, divided
- 1 tablespoon fine, dry breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons apple brandy or apple juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
- Sauté chopped apple in reserved drippings over medium-high heat 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in bacon, 1/4 cup cranberries, and next 3 ingredients.
- Cut a 3 1/2-inch-long horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each chicken breast, cutting to, but not through, other side, forming a pocket. Stuff apple mixture evenly into each pocket. Wipe skillet clean.
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken, and keep warm.
- Add remaining 1/4 cup cranberries, apple juice, apple brandy, and salt to skillet. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water until smooth; stir into juice mixture, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until thickened. Spoon over chicken, and sprinkle with pecans and parsley.
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