Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Sauce Recipe -
Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Sauce Recipe

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Sauce

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"This tasty chicken recipe gets a boost from a stuffing of fresh herbs, diced ham, and McIntosh apple, along with an interesting Persian-inspired sauce. Garnish this flavorful chicken with fresh thyme and basil sprigs."

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  1. SAUTE onion in 2 tablespoons hot olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Add walnuts and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes.
  2. ADD brown sugar and next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 30 minutes or until thickened; cool slightly.
  3. PULSE mixture in a blender or food processor 3 or 4 times or until smooth; keep warm.
  4. PLACE chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  5. TOSS together apple, ham, and thyme. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of apple mixture onto each chicken breast; roll up, securing with wooden picks.
  6. HEAT remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add chicken, and cook 2 minutes on each side. Reduce heat; cover and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until done. Drizzle with sauce. Garnish, if desired.
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  • Reprinted with permission of Southern Living® magazine. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 24, 2003

This receipe is great. I tried it with a bit of variation. I omitted the nuts and did not put the sauce in the blender and it still tasted great. We will definitely be doing this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 10, 2004

This came with mixed reviews, some liked the sweet with the meat others were turned off by the combination


12 Ratings

Jan 29, 2003

EXCELLENT chicken recipe - tender, sweet, tangy sauce. Substitute Golden Delicious for a slightly weaker apple flavor. Extra garlic adds a little tang.

Jan 29, 2003

We all loved this receipe! Once everything got cut up it was easy to cook.

Oct 18, 2004

I LOVED THIS RECIPE! I made it for 10 people and they ALL adored it. However, make sure you are good at handling a lot of things at once. This recipe takes time and patience, but in my eyes it was well worth it!

Apr 08, 2006

I have to admit to not being too sure about this recipe as I was making it. Perhaps it had everything to do with the fact that I was making it for the first time for a dinner party. However, it was a real hit with my guests. I omitted the walnuts, used black forest ham instead of the country ham and only used about 1/4 tsp saffron instead of the required 1/2. I'll definitely make it again.

Jan 21, 2005

Very tasty. It is a bit time consuming but well worth the effot. Omitted the saffron (didn't have any) and the walnuts (personal preference). Also used thin sliced Boars Head ham from the deli - easy and not too salty.

Dec 08, 2003

This recipe definately was not worth the trouble and time it took to make. I really did not like the consistancy of the sauce either.


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