Stuffed Chicken and Herb Gravy with Creamy Polenta

Chicken stuffed with provolone and prosciutto served with an herb gravy over creamy polenta and bacon Brussels sprouts


Yield :

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed breast half, 3 tablespoons gravy, and 1/2 cup polenta)

Ingredients :

4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 very thin prosciutto slices (about 1/2 ounce), halved
4 (2/3-ounce) slices reduced-fat provolone cheese
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked polenta
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation :

1. To prepare chicken, cut each breast horizontally to, but not through, the other side to create a pocket. Lift top flap of chicken pocket; arrange 1/2 prosciutto slice in each pocket. Top each prosciutto slice with 1 cheese slice; press top flap of pocket down over filling. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with pepper. Add chicken to pan, top side down; sauté 5 minutes or until deeply browned. Turn and cook 4 minutes or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.

2. Add shallots and thyme to pan; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Combine 2 tablespoons stock and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and remaining stock to pan. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until reduced to 3/4 cup, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove from heat; stir in butter, parsley, and tarragon.

3. To prepare polenta, bring milk and 1/3 cup water to a simmer. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve polenta with chicken and gravy.

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