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Pat's Chicken

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ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 5 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs, (about 5 slices of bread - I use Pepperidge Farm white bread)
  • 2 Tbs. fresh flat leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. thyme leaves, dried, not fresh (just smush them in your hand)
  • 1/8 tsp. basil dried
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth, (I use the Herb Ox instant broth or bouillon and seasoning)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Flour, (to coat the chicken)
  • Toothpicks or small skewers

directions

Pound the chicken breasts between plastic wrap until they are about 1/2-1/4 inch thick.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt 3 Tbs. of the butter, then cook onion until tender (don't let it brown, turn down heat if it does). Remove from heat and stir in breadcrumbs, water, parsley, salt, pepper, thyme and basil. Divide stuffing equally among the chicken breasts, then roll them up and secure with toothpicks or (my preference) those small skewers that come with string for closing a stuffed turkey-- all grocery stores sell them. Coat the rolled breasts with flour. You will have extra stuffing - set this aside for now.

Using a large skillet (preferably one with straight sides to hold more sauce), melt the remaining 2T butter and brown the chicken breasts (in 2 batches if you have to) until browned on all sides. Add more butter if doing in 2 batches and you need it (this is not a diet recipe!). Return all chicken to the pan, add the chicken broth, 2 bay leaves and the remaining stuffing (just spoon it into the chicken broth around the cooking chicken), reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 45 minutes.

When done, remove skewers and discard bay leaves. The skewers will come out easily once the chicken is cooked. Grab the end of the skewer with a tong (if you use metal skewers, they will be hot) and pull.

Notes

If you want more sauce, use more chicken broth-- I generally do between 1 1/2 and 2 cups so you all have enough sauce for the potatoes. Adding the extra breadcrumb mixture makes a thicker sauce, so add more or less as desired.

When I (Lindsay) first starting cooking this meal that my Mom had made for me a million times as a kid, I used a bunch of toothpicks to keep each piece of chicken together. It's much easier with the turkey skewers but if you have to use toothpicks, it's okay to use more than one on each piece of chicken to keep it from falling apart. Just use the same number in each piece so that you know how many to take out when the chicken is cooked! Also try to avoid the toothpicks sticking out on all sides, which will make it hard to brown the chicken.

We generally serve this with Twice Baked Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans.

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Stuffed Chicken with Twice Baked Potatoes
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Main Courses

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Salted or Unsalted?Salted or Unsalted?
We always cook with unsalted butter. Salted butter is usually less fresh than unsalted, and the salt can be used to mask inferior flavors. Also, manufacturers add different amounts of salt to their butter, so it is difficult to control the amount of salt in your recipe. In a pinch, you can use salted butter in a savory recipe, but we would not recommend using it for baking.

Kosher v. table salt
We always use kosher salt in our cooking because its crystals dissolve better in water than ordinary table salt. However, kosher and table salt are not equivalent when you are measuring amounts for a recipe. To further confuse matters, different types of kosher salt measure differently. If a recipe calls for table salt (or just salt), and the amounts are relatively small (e.g., one teaspoon), we simply use the amount called for in the recipe. You can always add a bit more salt to taste. If however, the recipe calls for larger amounts of salt, as would be the case, for example, in a brine, then you should convert the amount called for. Most sources cite 2 types of kosher salt as being widely available: Morton (which is what we use) and Diamond Crystal (which none of us have ever been able to find.) In any case, to convert the amount of table salt to Morton Kosher Salt, multiply the table salt by 1.5; to convert to Diamond Crystal, multiply by 2.

Just another example of why algebra really is im

Chopping basilChopping basil
To slice or mince basil easily, make a pile of all of the basil leaves, with the largest leaves on the bottom. Roll up the leaves to form a cigarette shape. Slice the basil in 1/8 inch slices, which will give you a chiffonade. If you want the basil minced, simply cut the slices crosswise.