Doesn't this sound romantic? I had this elegant sounding recipe in my collection for years, clipped from a magazine. This is the perfect thing for an elegant, romantic dinner especially for Valentine's Day. Note: If you can't find boursin cheese in the store, you can use a homemade version - there are several recipes for this cheese right here on Recipezaar or Alouette Garlic & Herb cheese also works. I prefer baby spinach leaves, in which case you will need several per piece of chicken, enough to cover the top of each breast. I used Wishbone Red Wine & Olive Oil Vinaigrette in this.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (pounded flat to 1/4-inch thickness with a mallet)
- 1 (4 ounce) package boursin cheese, with herbs, cut into 4 chunks
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, very finely chopped (approximately)
- 4 leaves fresh spinach (or several leaves of baby spinach)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 1⁄4 cup red wine and vinegar salad dressing (homemade or purchased)
- 1⁄4 cup seedless raspberry jam
- fresh raspberry, garnish (optional)
- fresh herb, garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F and have a baking pan greased and ready to go.
- If you haven't already pounded your chicken breast halves, do so now- they need to be 1/4" thin.
- Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil.
- Using tongs, briefly dip spinach leaves one at a time into the boiling water to blanch- just a few seconds each leaf or they will get soggy- they should still be mostly raw.
- Pat dry and set aside on a plate.
- Pour finely chopped nuts into a small bowl and roll each chunk of boursin cheese in the nuts to coat and set aside (discard extra nuts that don't stick to cheese).
- Lay pounded chicken breasts on top of a sheet of wax paper on your counter and season both sides of each breast half with some of the salt& pepper (to taste).
- Set 1 well dried blanched spinach leaf on top of each piece of chicken, trimming with kitchen shears if needed so the spinach doesn't extend over the edge of the chicken piece.
- Next,place a nut coated cheese chunk on top of each chicken piece in the center.
- Fold chicken ends up over the cheese to make a bundle, securing with toothpicks if needed.
- Set chicken rolls in a greased baking pan and cover with foil (season with more salt& pepper to taste).
- Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked all the way through.
- Meanwhile,combine wine,dressing,and jam in a small skillet.
- Cook over medium-high heat until reduced by half (this may take several minutes- be patient and don't be tempted to raise the heat to quicken the process).
- If the sauce is ready before the chicken, simply remove from burner and reheat slightly before pouring over the cooked chicken.
- If you like, decorate each plate with a garnish of fresh rasperries and a few sprigs of fresh green herbs (optional step).
- Remove cooked cooked chicken to serving plates,with raspberry sauce ladled over the top (removing toothpicks before serving) and garnished if desired.
Heather, I thought all of the ingredients for this were excellent! I don't eat meat, so my husband rated this and he liked it, and said to give it 4 stars! I loved the sauce and served it with some of the Boursin cheese and the sauce. Thanks for a good recipe!!!
The only change I made was to cut the vinegar to 1 tablespoon. Oh, and I used pecans. Really good, Thanks!
This recipe was okay...made for Valentine's Day supper. I did sub the Aloutte cheese for the Boursin, so maybe that made a difference. I just didn't really think this had much of a taste. DH liked it, though! It was an easy and pretty dish to prepare! Thanks for posting!