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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« on: April 26, 2012, 10:14:51 am »
CHICKEN BREASTS STUFFED WITH FIGS & SPINACH – Serves 2 - 3
2 skinless chicken breasts
6 tsp sesame oil
¼ cup chopped dried figs
1 ½ tsp saffron threads
1/8 tsp cumin seeds (or to taste)
½ medium onion, finely chopped (I used a red one)
150g bag baby spinach
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (used 1/8 tsp)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
½ cup tomato puree (I blitzed 3 romas in TM,  1 min/speed 8, and used all of it)
1 tsp raw sugar
¼ cup cream
dollop caramelised garlic paste (Tenina’s)
dollop sundried tomato pesto (Tenina’s)
3 tsp fresh coriander, chopped for garnish

Heat half the sesame oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add figs and saffron and stir fry for a min or so, you will see the figs change colour (lighter).
Add cumin seeds and chopped onions and stir fry gently until tender.
Turn down heat to low and drop in the spinach.  Toss with tongs until wilted.
Stir in cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Turn off the heat and allow to cool until needed.

Place a chicken breast on a piece of clingfilm on the bench.  Top with another piece of clingfilm and using a rolling pin or similar, pound out the chicken until flattened.  Repeat with the other breast.

Spread the stuffing over each flattened breast and wrap and roll over the stuffing. Secure with toothpicks.
Place the chicken in a baking dish and put aside for the moment.  Don’t clean the sauté pan.
Preheat the oven 180C.

Heat remainder of the sesame oil in same sauté pan over medium - low heat.
Add ginger and cook for a few secs until aromatic, add garlic and cook for only 20-30 secs.
Add tomato puree, sugar, garlic paste and sundried tomato pesto, giving it all a good stir.
Take pan off heat and add cream, stirring in.  Put back on heat and cook until sauce is thick and smooth.  
Pour all the tomato sauce over the breasts and place dish in the oven.
Bake for approx 4O minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce if needed. (mine didn’t need it).

Slice the breasts on an angle, spoon over some of the sauce from the dish and garnish with chopped coriander if you like (I didn't bother).

« Last Edit: April 26, 2012, 10:16:23 am by JulieO »

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 10:31:50 am »
Yum. Yum. Yum!

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 10:35:51 am »
Thanks JulieO will be making this on the weekend  :)

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 11:20:32 am »
Looks absolutely like my sort of food.  Thanks so much. Julie.

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 12:14:14 pm »
Looks good enough to eat Julie, I can almost imagine how tasty that would have been.
Judy from North Haven, South Australia

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 12:42:59 pm »
I'm sure these would be delicious. The sweetness of the figs to go with the chicken. Great photo JulieO and it's opn the to do soon list.
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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 01:48:37 pm »
Thanks girls.  Tenina's fruity quinoa stuffed capsicums (from her website) went really well with this too.  :)

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 04:50:13 am »
Made this on the weekend and it was so nice, everyone like it which doesn't happen offen in my household lol thank you Julie will be making this again. :)

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 02:15:17 am »
Great to hear Thermo18, glad to hear the whole family enjoyed it.  :D

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2017, 02:27:14 pm »
I have had this recipe saved for 5 years - to make it one day. Tonight we had it for dinner. Delicious. 5/5. Well worth the wait!

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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 07:45:36 am »
Thanks for posting your review Courton. I'm a bit like you and finding things from long ago ! 
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Re: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Figs & Spinach
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 05:26:35 am »
I'm glad you enjoyed it Courton.  Wow, 5 years, so long ago :)