Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Butternut Squash and Figs

Rias Baixas Wines has partnered with Chef Shoshana Quint to create exclusive dishes designed with our signature varietal in mind. This is the second in an ongoing series of original dishes we are featuring for Fall 2017.

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

Step 1: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add onions and sauté for two minutes, or until golden.

Step 2: Add butternut squash and 2 tablespoons water and cover. Cook on low for 10 minutes. Remove lid and add figs, garlic, spinach, salt, sage and pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Cut a pocket into the sides of the tenderloins, careful not to cut all the way through at the ends. Season the inside and outside of the chicken/turkey with salt.

Step 4: Stuff each chicken/turkey breast with about 3/4 cup of squash mixture. Cut cooking twine long enough to tie each breast with 3 to 4 pieces of twine. Cut off extra twine. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 5: In skillet over medium-high heat, lightly spray with cooking spray. Carefully sear each chicken/turkey breast on each side – 3 sides. Don’t sear on stuff end. If your skillet is oven-proof, cover with foil and place in the center of the oven. If not, then transfer to baking dish and cover with foil. Place directly into oven and cook for 30-35 minutes. Allow to sit 5 minutes before cutting off twine and slicing each chicken/turkey breast into 4 slices.

Chef Shoshana Quint Bio

Shoshana Quint is a chef and teacher who graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (the precursor to the Institute of Culinary Education). She trained and worked closely for celebrity-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, first at Jean-Georges’s JoJo Restaurant, then at Mercer Kitchen in Soho, and lastly as his chef de cuisine at Lipstick Café. Next, Shoshana headed overseas to build a catering company and cooking school in Amsterdam. After two years in the Netherlands, she moved back to her native Montreal to establish her own catering business and cooking classes before heading to New York City. She currently caters small dinner parties and conducts private cooking classes from her home there. Albariño is Shoshana’s go-to white wine for all seasons because its versatility pairs to perfection with a variety of dishes and flavors from around the globe.

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