Leek and Blue Cheese Chicken Breasts

Leek and Blue Cheese Chicken Breasts Author: Canadian Living Credits: Leek and Blue Cheese Chicken Breasts

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups thinky sliced leeks (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (or chicken stock)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Method

Stuffing: In skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat; fry leeks and salt, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes.

Add sherry; cook over medium-high heat just until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Scrape into bowl and let cool. Stir in Gorgonzola cheese.

With knife held horizontally and starting at curved side, cut chicken in half almost but not all the way through; open like book. Spread one-quarter of the stuffing evenly over 1 side of each breast, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border uncovered. Sprinkle flour over each bottom border; close breast, pressing edge to seal. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; add 5 minutes to roasting time.)

Place chicken , skin side up, on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. In small bowl, combine oil, thyme, salt and pepper; brush over chicken.

Roast in 400∞F (200∞C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and no longer pink inside. Broil, watching carefully to avoid scorching, until skin is crisp and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
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Leek and Blue Cheese Chicken Breasts