It's that time of year again. Summer is almost over around here and the holidays are approaching quicker then I'd like to believe. It has been beautiful lately - San Francisco has a nice late Summer - but I can't help but be excited for Autumn to arrive. It's my favorite season! The weather is cool and crisp, I can wear layers and boots every day, and the produce/meals are often rich and special, reminding us of dishes from yesteryear. I prefer savory over sweet, and it is my belief that Fall has the most to offer in terms of savory recipes. Even the pumpkin and apple pies of Autumn have a heartier bite to the sweet berry and peach tarts of Summer (which I love equally). So... with visions of Wine-Braised Shortribs and Rack of Lamb on my mind, I decided I should take a step back into these last few days of Summer and meet somewhere in the middle. I wish I could just enter a soundbite of Rob Lowe on Parks & Recreation (sorry if you don't watch that show) but this chicken - stuffed with prosciutto, 2 cheeses and basil - is LITERALLY packed with flavor and perfect for transitioning into a new season.
1/2 cup grated fontina cheese
1/4 cup herb goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped prosciutto
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 large boneless chicken breast
2 tablespoons chilled butter, divided
1/3 cup low-salt chicken broth
1/4 cup dry Marsala wine
1 | Combine cheeses, prosciutto, and basil in small bowl. Season stuffing with freshly ground black pepper.
2 | Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a 3 to 4 inch opening in the center of each chicken breast. Spread stuffing into the center of chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
3 | Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, turning once, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet; place in oven on low temperature to keep warm. Add broth and Marsala to skillet; bring to boil and cook until sauce is reduced to scant 1/4 cup, scraping up browned bits, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in 1 tablespoon butter. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Place chicken on plates. Add any juices from baking sheet to sauce. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve.