Greco Italian Chicken Breast

Posted by francis keyser Monday, July 27, 2009
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15-20 min.
Cook Time: 30-35 min.
Difficulty: 1

I got this idea while reading about the Greco-Italian war. I was thinking about the clashing forces in the 40's and thought to myself, "I am going to clash flavors from their respective cuisines." I had this idea of a soldier being wounded and a woman from the opposing side restoring him to health, they fall in love and they cook a meal together. Romantic? Foolish? Sure but there is still a chance it happened! This meal was really tasty, especially if you love red wine, goat cheese and chicken! It is really a whole meal in itself, so serve with bread or a small side salad.

Ingredients:
2 large boneless chicken breast
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
fresh crack pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup old world style red wine
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Italian bread crumbs (sprinkled on top)

Stuffing
2 tbsp black olives (diced)
3 tbsp goat cheese
2 tbsp shallots (chopped)
1 garlic cloves (minced 3/4 tsp)
2 tbsp Mache (lamb's Lettuce, chopped)
1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
1/4 tsp fresh rosemary (diced)
1/2 tsp Italian bread crumbs
1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
1/4 tsp fresh oregano (diced)
1/2 tsp lime or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place defrosted chicken breast one at a time into a gallon plastic bag, place bag on cutting board and meat hammer flat (about 1/4 inch.) (The reason I say put in plastic bag is chicken has a tendency to splatter, the reason I say hammer it on a cutting board is if you have a nice counter top you do not want to ruin it.)

Rub chicken with olive oil and crack pepper over both sides.

Mix stuffing in a small mixing bowl by hand. Fold chicken breasts in half long ways so that they resemble pitas. Stuff each breast with one half of stuffing. Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs over top of chicken breast and lay in an 8x8 baking dish. Pour wine into baking dish and cover with aluminium foil.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes (or until cooked through,) uncover for the last 5 minutes.
This chicken is almost sweet, so serve with a fruit salad or other light and summery flavored sides.

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