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Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Apples, Almonds and Blue Cheese

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield 4 servings
Developed for the Almond Board of California by Robin Miller

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 5 ounces each)
  • 4 crumbled blue cheese (any variety, including Gorgonzola)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 apple (preferably Mackintosh, Gala or Fuji), peeled, cored and diced
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion (from the spice aisle)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a shallow roasting pan with cooking spray.

    Using a sharp paring knife, slice a pocket into each chicken breast, as if halving a bagel, without completely cutting through the other side. Arrange chicken in prepared pan and set aside.

    In medium bowl, combine blue cheese, almonds, apple, and dill. Add a pinch each of salt and black pepper. Mix together with a fork until mixture is well blended and comes together. Divide mixture into four equal portions and spoon each portion into the pocket of the chicken. Brush olive oil all over the top of chicken and season the top with salt, black pepper and dried onion (1 teaspoon dried onion for each breast). Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

    Nutrition information per serving for 4 servings:
    Calories 490 kcals, Cholesterol 141 mg, Total fat 5 g, Fiber 1 g, Saturated 9 g, Calcium 217 mg, Monounsaturated 1 g, Magnesium 94 mg, Polyunsaturated 7 g, Sodium 867 mg, Carb 11 g, Potassium 624 mg, Protein 53 g, Vitamin E 2 mg