Apple Cranberry Stuffed Chicken Breast

The classic fall pairing of apples and cranberries elevates a simple chicken breast to new heights. The sweetness in this stuffing appeals to younger palates, but doesn’t load them up with sugar. Serve with rice or buttered pasta and a green vegetable or salad for a complete meal.
By / Photography By Shell B Royster | September 12, 2015

Instructions

Heat water and apples in a skillet over medium-high heat, cook until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cooked apple, cranberries, shallots and a splash of the chicken stock and set aside.  

Cut a deep horizontal pocket in the side of each chicken breast. Make the pocket as large as you can without piercing the top or bottom of the breast. Place ¼ of the apple mixture in the pocket of each chicken breast. Secure the pocket with toothpicks, threading along the side to close.  

Heat the 1½ tablespoons oil in a heavy oven-proof skillet until it just begins to lightly smoke (oil should shimmer at the ‘ready’ temperature). Sear each side of the chicken until golden brown. Add the vinegar and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and gently simmer the chicken for 4–6  minutes, until cooked through, turning breasts over in the stock midway through cooking. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and keep warm. Continue to cook the sauce until it is reduced to a thick syrup. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over each chicken breast to serve.  

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 small tart apple, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
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