“Restaurant Style”

Lately I have been trying to improve my “plating” as the fancy chefs would say.

You know when it actually looks pretty on the plate as well as tasting good too.

So recently when I presented this dish to my husband, I was particularly pleased to hear him say “this looks like a restaurant dish!”

Spicy stuffed chicken breasts served with cilantro rice and sliced avocados.

This dish was result of avocados being on sale ($1 each!) and having tons of cilantro hanging around from another recipe as well as defrosted chicken breasts begging for interest.

I cut big pockets in each chicken breast (they happen to be really huge ones) and stuffed them with a combination of a few things I had on hand:

6 “skinny” pork sausage (looks like breakfast style but they are not that flavor) removed from their casing.

1 tbl “33rd & Galena” spice rub from Penzeys.

12 dried apricots, diced small – I did not soak them first.

Mix all of that together and stuff inside the chicken pocket. Place the stuffed breast on a lightly sprayed baking sheet and sprinkle on top a little more of the spice rub. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 mins or so until chicken reaches proper temperature. (165 degrees F)

I “basted” the breast with the juice/fat that the sausage filling let out as it cooks to keep things moist up top.

I served this with rice fancied up with cilantro and diced red bell pepper and of course the avocados simply sliced.

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5 comments on ““Restaurant Style”

  1. Kelley Motschenbacher says:

    Hi CArol, just checking in to see what’s for dinner. The chicken looks amazing and pretty simple so I think I will give it a try. I like the avo for a little side too!

    xo kelley

  2. Karen says:

    Your stuffed chicken really does look restaurant styled. I’m sure the dish was very good with the sausage and apricots. Hope your project went well and you can relax a little soon.

    • cabinet stew says:

      Thanks and Phew! I just presented my project last night – went well and now I have a little break before the next one so i will be getting back to cooking and blogging. I know my husband will be glad to see me back in the kitchen!

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