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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Leeks and Apples

Randy Mayor
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half, 1 cup rice, and about 1/2 cup sauce)
In keeping with a classic reduction sauce, whipping cream is added to a simmering broth mixture. Beware, though: Half-and-half or any kind of milk will curdle here.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled Braeburn or Gala apple (about 1 pound)
  • 1 2/3 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 small)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon butter or stick margarine
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 cups hot cooked wild rice mix (such as Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice )

Nutrition Information

  • calories 507
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 12.6 g
  • satfat 6.8 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 35.8 g
  • carbohydrate 63.2 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 100 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 748 mg
  • calcium 163 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add apple, leek, and sugar; sauté 12 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan, and set aside.

  2. Combine cheese, flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in cheese mixture. Heat butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Add juice and broth to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook broth mixture until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 7 minutes).

  3. Add cream; reduce heat, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in reserved apple mixture, rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes. Spoon rice onto each of 4 plates; top with chicken and sauce.