Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce

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Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce is an absolutely delicious toss-together supper using fridge and pantry staples.

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Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? We got hit with a surprise heat wave on Friday which helped set a summery tone for the entire weekend (up until Sunday when it poured the entire day!)

Friday night after le bebe went to bed I threw a quick and easy dinner on the grill for Ben and myself. Salmon fillets, fresh asparagus, and potato packs, all seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and Ultimate Steak Seasoning then grilled until pleasantly charred. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

On Saturday I met my Mom at the mall for some shopping, making sure to pick up a new hat for Lincoln while we were there. I’d bought him this insane flying nun hat a few months ago which he looks absolutely ridiculous inand I couldn’t in good conscience make him wear it all summer. This little khaki ball cap is much more his style. I CAN’T EVEN.

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Later that afternoon we dropped him off at camp Grammy & Papa’s for the night as we had a cookout planned with friends! Thank goodness there was lots of Sangria on hand (2 cups OJ + 2 bottles white wine + 1 bottle champagne mixed with ALL THE FRUIT marinated in wine overnight,) because it ended up climbing to 87 degrees that evening. You better believe we were sucking these babies down! They were perfectly refreshing on such a hot night.

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Ben and I were more than ready to scoop our little nugget up the next day – it was so weird coming home to an empty house! He had a fantastic time at “camp” though. :)

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My Dad was making Sunday breakfast just like old times when we arrived so of course we stayed for eggs and hash browns. (This was Ben’s plate – no toast for me.)

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My Dad makes THE best hash browns in the world. His secret? Following the directions on the bag. HA – go figure! Anyway, we ended up staying for a couple hours before packing up and heading home. The rest of the day was low-key. I worked and Ben watched The Masters while it rained and rained and rained. So nice.

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Anyway, it’s been a hot minute since I shared a chicken recipe with you, which makes Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce all the more exciting to post today. This dish looks and sounds fancy, but’s it’s simple and made in just 1 skillet. Oh, it’s also another recipe brought to you by chef Ben!

Now, I’m a dash of this, pinch of that kind of a cook, meaning that when I’m “free cooking,” aka not making something for the blog, I don’t really need a recipe – just a general idea of what I want to end up with. That being said, I’m not awesome at concocting a dish out of thin air just by looking at what we’ve got on hand in the fridge or pantry.

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Ben on the other hand is awesome at it, crafting such lovely dishes as Ben’s Chicken, Bacon and Rice Bowls, Ben’s Beef Stew (a mega hit on the blog,) Black Bean and Chicken Nachos, and this stuffed chicken after simply digging around in the cupboards for a bit.

After spying some apple juice in the fridge leftover from my attempt at making Honey-Roasted Garlic Crock Pot Ribs a few weeks ago (they still need some work,) chicken breasts, an apple in the fruit drawer, and a block of cheddar cheese – this is what he came up with. We didn’t have to buy a thing! And it was so delicious that I immediately grilled him on how he made it so I could share it with you.

Chicken breasts are stuffed with a fresh apple, cheddar, and herb stuffing then pan fried and roasted quickly in the oven, and then topped with a luscious, 5 minute apple-dijon pan sauce. It’s insanely delicious. You’re going to want to make this dish ASAP!

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Start by cutting pockets into 4 chicken breasts. Using a sharp knife, cut into the chicken horizontally being careful not to cut all the way through. My chicken breasts were a tiiiiiiny bit frozen in the center which helped with this step, actually!

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Next get the stuffing ready. In a small bowl combine 1 small peeled then chopped apple (red or green – use whatever you’ve got,) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, salt, and pepperStuffing = done.

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Stuff 1/4 of the mixture into each chicken pocket then close ‘er on up! You can use a couple of toothpicks to shut the pockets if you’re worried about the filling falling out or, if you’re lazy like me, you can take your chances. :)

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Next combine 1/4 cup flour (I used brown rice flour,) a pinch of dried thyme, and lots of salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Dunk both sides of the chicken into the mixture then tap any excess off. This step not only gives the chicken a nice coating on the outside, but it also helps thicken the apple-dijon pan sauce.

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Time to cook! Heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat then add the chicken and saute for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown on one side. It’s ok if the chicken is still a bit pink on the inside as it will finish cooking in the oven. Flip the chicken then saute for another 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, then transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.

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While the chicken’s in the oven, get that crazy-good pan sauce ready! Crank the heat to high then add 3/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup apple juice, 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (could use rice vinegar,) and a pinch of dried thyme to the skillet.

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Whisk to combine then let the sauce boil until thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes. Taste then add salt and pepper if necessary.

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Plate the chicken then drizzle the luscious sauce on top!

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Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
1 small apple, peeled and chopped small
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme + a pinch, divided
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt & pepper
1/4 cup flour (I used brown rice flour)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (could use rice vinegar)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees then get out a baking sheet and set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket horizontally into each chicken breast then set aside. Mix apples, cheese, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper in a small bowl then stuff chicken with a quarter of the mixture (may have a bit leftover.) Close with toothpicks if desired.
  2. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish then dredge chicken breasts in mixture, tapping excess flour off. Place chicken into skillet then saute until golden brown on one side, 4-5 minutes. Flip then saute until other side is golden brown, 3-4 minutes and then transfer chicken to baking sheet and place into the oven to finish cooking through, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add chicken broth, apple juice, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of dried thyme to skillet then turn heat to high. Cook until sauce has reduced, about 5 minutes, then taste and add salt and pepper if necessary. Plate chicken then drizzle with pan sauce.

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This chicken is so fabulous. The apples retain a little bite and you can never go wrong with the classic apple + cheddar combo. The herbs add a touch of elegance and I’m telling you, that pan sauce…to die for! Let us know what you think, and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Medeja 04.14.2014

    Looks so delicious! And sauce sounds just fantastic!

  2. Love these flavors!

  3. lauren 04.14.2014

    Stuffed chicken recipes are always so so good! I think I’ll try this with goat cheese instead of cheddar. Look amazing!

  4. Chicago Jogger 04.14.2014

    This chicken looks amazing. I have to admit I’ve never stuffed a chicken myself, but it’s high time I try :)

  5. CakePants 04.14.2014

    Yumm! I love the combos of apple and chicken and apple and cheddar, but haven’t really tried all three together before. It’s always nice when recipes are comprised of ingredients that we usually have on hand, so no trips to the store needed! Adorable hat for Lincoln, btw!

  6. BeccaV 04.14.2014

    These look perfect! BTW, Ben’s Beef Stew is a staple in our house, it’s awesome!

  7. Kelly Mitchem 04.14.2014

    This looks delicious! When I ate meat I was never a huge fan of chicken because it was always so dry to me, I feel like this mustard sauce could have remedied that for me!

  8. Love this recipe and totally going to try it out. Lincoln is so adorable by the way!

  9. Katie 04.14.2014

    YUM! And with using dried herbs there’s actually a chance that I can make this on the regular!

  10. Holly 04.14.2014

    Thanks for the recipes! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have found several yummy recipes. I am from IA (now living in MN), so it’s nice to see a fellow Iowan!

  11. This looks delicious and like it’s not that hard to make. That’s a perfect combo for me!

    Also- Lincoln is so adorable! What a happy baby!

  12. Melissa 04.14.2014

    This looks amazing! What kind of white wine did you use for the Sangria? I think I found what to bring to Easter brunch.

    • Kristin 04.14.2014

      My friend made it, but I think it was pinot grigio!

  13. This looks really good – I love apples with cheddar (apple pie isn’t apple pie without a nice wedge of 5 year aged Balderson cheddar!). I’d be tempted to add some shallots into the pan sauce because I’m shallot obsessed, but this looks like a really delish recipe – thanks for posting it!

  14. Lauren 04.14.2014

    What brand chicken breasts do you buy? They are so trim compared to anything I find at our local stores…

  15. Hilary 04.14.2014

    Do you think it would be good if I just did chicken with the pan sauce? Some nights I don’t think I’d have the energy for the chopping and stuffing!

  16. I love the flavor combo of chicken/apple/mustard. Hits all the right places on the palate. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

  17. This is going on the “make ASAP” list. It looks and sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it out!

  18. Adrienne 04.15.2014

    Where did you get Lincoln’s ball cap? It is adorable!

  19. Paige 04.15.2014

    Oh Yum! I play the same “Chopped” inspired game, go through the cupboards & see what recipe I can come up with with the ingredients I have! Ben did good! Can’t wait to try it!

  20. I’ve made a stuffed chicken recipe before that was really great, but for some reason I never think to make it again. Not sure why that is, but this one is so calling to me. I love the apple/cheddar combination, and especially with chicken. Yum!

  21. Valerie 04.15.2014

    Ben sure looks like a happy daddy in that picture! Lincoln just keeps getting more adorable. How is that even possible ;-)

  22. That stuffed chicken looks amazing! I’ll definitely give it a try!

  23. It sounds like you had the perfect weekend! I’m still waiting for a warm enough weekend where I can fire up our grill, hopefully this weekend. I love this recipe! Stuffing chicken always gives it so much more flavor, and this apple cheese combo sounds great!

  24. Ellen 04.16.2014

    I made this last night for my son and boyfriend. They both loved it! Finishing the chicken in the oven allowed plenty of time to prepare the sauce and steam some vegetables as a side. I will be making this again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Jeri Wendzel 04.17.2014

    Totally unrelated to anything in the post but for Lincoln…I noticed that he doesn’t have any teeth yet (?). Is he 7/8 months? My little girl is 7 months old and doesn’t have any teeth (is also breastfed) and people think it’s odd that she doesn’t have any teeth. I think it’s fine because my oldest didn’t get her first tooth until 10 months. So, I feel better when I see other “older” babies with no teeth. Whew! I also want to prolong any biting episode. ;)

    • Kristin 04.21.2014

      No teeth nor any hint of them! I think it varies greatly – I know a 5 month old with 4 teeth and had another friend whose daughter didn’t have any until she was a year and a half!

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  27. Kelly 04.21.2014

    Hi! This looks delicious and I will try it. Is it possible that you would post Ben’s recipe for Black Bean and Chicken Nachos? It sounds delicious and I am a nachos freak!

  28. Mary Beth 04.23.2014

    This was delicious! The most moist chicken I’ve had in a long time. I’ll definitly be making this again!

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  30. shanna 05.21.2014

    Just made this for the fam…….I will DEFINITELY make this again!! Once a week!!!

  31. shanna 05.21.2014

    Oh….and I did use muenster cheese, that’s what I had, still turned out amazing!

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