Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Cider Vinegar Sauce
- FOR CIDER VINEGAR SAUCE:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup sliced shallots
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (or canned low-salt chicken broth)
- 1 1/2 cups beef stock or canned broth
- FOR CHICKEN:
- 1/2 cup dried apricots sliced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 6 tablespoons butter - (3/4 stick)
- 5 mushrooms chopped
- 1 cup chopped seeded peeled tomatoes
- Salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- 1 package ready-to-use spinach - (10 oz) stemmed
- 6 boneless chicken breast halves with skin
- Kitchen string
Make Sauce: Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots; sauté until beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add sugar. Sauté until shallots are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add vinegar; boil 2 minutes. Add both stocks; boil until liquid is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 25 minutes. Strain.
Make Chicken: Soak dried fruit in hot water to cover for 15 minutes. Drain.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté until almost all liquid evaporates, about 4 minutes. Stir in fruit and sauté 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Steam spinach until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Cool.
Using sharp knife, cut horizontal slit 3/4 of the way through each chicken breast. Open as for book. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place thin layer of spinach over half of each breast. Top spinach with 2 tablespoons fruit mixture. Close breasts over filling. Tie with kitchen string. (Sauce and chicken can be made 1 day ahead; chill.)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; brown in skillet, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Bring sauce to simmer. Remove from heat. Gradually add 4 tablespoons butter, whisking just until melted. Remove string from chicken. Cut each breast crosswise into 5 slices. Serve with sauce.
This recipe yields 6 servings.