Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hummus-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This was another eat-from-the-pantry meal and it was so so good! We served it to new friends so I have to admit I was too embarrassed to take a picture of the chicken so Rachael Ray's picture will have to do!

One 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and wrung out
2/3 cup hummus
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted (I used chopped pecans)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, butterflied by your butcher and pounded 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
4 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, hummus, pine nuts and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the chicken with salt and place one-quarter of the hummus mixture on the right side of each breast. Fold the left side over the mixture. Using toothpicks, close the open sides.

Place the flour in a wide, shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs in another bowl and place the panko in a third bowl. Coat the stuffed chicken with the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the chicken in the egg, then coat with the panko.

In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat until the foaming stops. Add the chicken and cook, turning once and adjusting the heat as necessary, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Discard the toothpicks and slice each breast into pieces.

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