Brie-Stuffed Chicken with Honey and Thyme

Temps des Fêtes 2011
food and drink

BY: Julia Aitken

This easy main course is classy enough to serve to company. Since it’s fairly rich, team it with simple accompaniments like fluffy mashed potatoes and steamed Savoy cabbage.

2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) aged balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey
1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh thyme leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 oz (90 g) brie cheese, thinly sliced
4 slices prosciutto
¾ cup (175 mL) dry white wine
1 fresh thyme sprig
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

2 In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, minced thyme, garlic and pepper. Set aside.

3 With a large sharp knife, starting at the thickest side of each breast and being careful not to cut right through breasts, slice a pocket in each breast large enough to hold one- quarter of brie.Divide brie evenly among pockets in breasts.

4 Brush both sides of breasts with olive oil mixture.

5 Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each breast so ends of prosciutto slices meet on underside of each breast.

6 In a large heavy ovenproof skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add breasts to skillet so undersides are uppermost. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.

7 Turn breasts over and add wine, thyme sprig and bay leaf to skillet. Bring to a boil. Transfer skillet to oven and roast, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.

8 Remove chicken breasts from skillet and keep warm on a heated platter. Wearing an oven mitt, place skillet over burner and bring cooking juices to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet and adding any juices that have accumulated on plate under chicken. Boil for about 3 minutes or until juices in skillet have thickened slightly. Season with more pepper, and salt to taste if necessary. Strain sauce through a fine sieve.

9 Place a chicken breast on each of 4 warm dinner plates. Drizzle evenly with sauce and garnish with thyme.

Serves 4

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