Wednesday, September 21, 2011

almond-apricot chicken with mint pesto

This dinner of Almond-Apricot Chicken with Mint Pesto from Everyday Food Great Food Fast was my flex dinner that's been in limbo for over a month now. This just means that every bit of this dinner requires pantry and freezer items so we could eat it when we didn't have any fresh meat & produce around (I made the pesto a few weeks ago and kept it frozen in a 'babycube' - yep, those little containers are useful beyond the 'solids' weaning stage). 

The chicken breasts were stuffed with a combination of goat cheese, dried apricots and sliced almonds. They were then dredged in Wondra (flour), egg then a breadcrumb/sliced almond combination. It feels very chef-y to brown the stuffed breasts in a cast-iron skillet and transfer to the oven to finish cooking.
There was a mint pesto suggested as an accompaniment. It made so much pesto I decided to create a side to make the most of it. This is just Israeli couscous and peas mixed with the pesto. I made it mostly for Owen, but we all really enjoyed it because mint and peas are a classic combination. You could always use a small pasta such as orzo in place of the couscous.

We all loved this dinner. The chicken was so incredibly moist and the stuffing was tangy and rich. I'm not sure how or why, but the mint pesto was lovely with it. Owen loved everything as well.

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