Recipe : Stuffed chicken breast with a red wine, pepper and honey sauce

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Difficulty: Medium | Preheat oven to 420˚F | 4 servings

 Meat

  • Stuffed chicken
  • 4 chicken breast halves (de-skinned and de-boned)
  • Large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • ¼ cup dried pears
  • ¼ cup prunes
  • ¼ cup blanched almond halves
  • ½ cup Yarden Merlot
  • Salt and pepper

Sauce

  • ½ cup Yarden Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped thyme (fresh or dry)

 

Preparation:

  • Heat a pan with olive oil and brown the onion over a medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until the onion becomes soft and golden.
  • Add the dried fruit and wine to the pan and bring to the boil.
  • Cook on a strong heat until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Pour all this filling into a separate bowl and in the pan roast the almond halves until golden.
  • Add to the filling and season with salt and pepper.
  • Create a pocket lengthways along the chicken breasts and fill with the filling. Close with wooden toothpicks.
  • Mix the honey, mustard, ground pepper and thyme. Spread over the chicken breasts and season with salt.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a medium dish and pour the wine for the sauce over them.
  • Roast the chicken breasts in the preheated oven (420˚F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove.
  • Pour the remaining liquid from the chicken into a small pot and thicken slightly over a high heat.
  • Cut the breasts into slices and serve with a little sauce drizzled over them.

Wine recommendation:

The Yarden Merlot is a true classic, aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. It is a full-bodied, award winning wine which showcases fruity notes of plum and cherry layered with nuances of chocolate, fresh herbs and a delicious earthiness. Yarden’s series of Merlots have consistently outdone themselves for sheer quality, powerfulness and for simply bursting with flavor. It provides the perfect accompaniment to this equally flavorsome dish.

Another option, which matches with a range of chicken dishes, is the Gilgal Merlot. Without compromising on their reputation for high quality wines, the Gilgal Merlot displays extreme value for money. The Gilgal Merlot is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels and has a slightly lighter body than the longer aged, Yarden Merlot. The Gilgal Merlot displays notes of red berries and cherry and its pleasant finish, displaying oak and pepper notes, is truly expressed when left to breathe prior to serving.

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