Valley Fig Growers

Stuffed Chicken Cutlets With Gorgonzola Cheese Filling With Walnuts and California Figs

serves 4

Ingredients

Cutlets

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 to 6 ounces each), tenderloins removed and reserved for another use, fat trimmed

Salt and ground black pepper

1 recipe filling (recipe follows)

3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon plus 3⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1 1⁄2 cups fresh bread crumbs, dried (see note)

Gorgonzola Cheese Filling with Walnuts and Figs

Enough to stuff 4 cutlets

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 small onion, minced

1 small clove garlic, minced

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

2 ounces crumbled gorgonzola (about 1⁄2 cup)

1⁄4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

3 medium Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon dry sherry

Salt and ground black pepper

Directions

  1. FOR CUTLETS: Place each chicken breast on large sheet of plastic wrap, cover with second sheet, and pound with rubber mallet, meat pounder, or rolling pin until 1⁄4 inch thick throughout. Each pounded breast should measure roughly 6 inches wide and 8 1⁄4 inches long. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.
  2. Place cutlets smooth-side down on work surface; season with salt and pepper. Fill, roll, and wrap each breast. Refrigerate until filling is firm, at least 1 hour.
  3. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 450° degrees. Spread flour in pie plate. Beat eggs with 1 tablespoon oil in second pie plate. Spread bread crumbs in third pie plate. Unwrap chicken breasts and roll in flour; shake off excess. Using tongs, roll breasts in egg mixture; let excess drip off. Transfer to bread crumbs; shake pan to roll breasts in crumbs, then press with fingers to help crumbs adhere. Place breaded cutlets on large wire rack set over baking sheet and allow coating to dry about 5 minutes.
  4. Heat remaining 3⁄4 cup oil in heavy-bottomed 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering, but not smoking, about 4 minutes; add chicken, seam-side down, and cook until medium golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn each roll and cook until medium golden brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer chicken rolls, seam-side down, to wire rack set over rimmed baking sheet; bake until deep golden brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center of a roll registers 155 degrees, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing each roll crosswise diagonally with serrated knife into 5 medallions; arrange on individual dinner plates and serve.

Directions for Filling

  1. FOR FILLING: Heat butter in medium skillet over low heat until melted; add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl using hand mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in onion mixture, thyme, gorgonzola, walnuts, dried figs, and sherry; season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Technique: Preparing Stuffed Chicken Cutlets

  1. Place each cutlet smooth-side down on work surface, season, and spread with one-quarter of cheese mixture.
  2. Roll up each cutlet from the tapered end, folding in the edges to form a neat cylinder. To help seal the seams, wrap each stuffed cutlet in foil and twist the ends of the foil in opposite directions.

    NOTES: The cutlets can be filled and rolled in advance, then refrigerated for up to 24 hours. To dry fresh bread crumbs, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in a 200-degree oven, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Removing some moisture from the crumbs cuts down on splattering when the breaded cutlets are pan-fried.

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    Nutrition Information

    amount per serving

    • Calories 706
    • % Calories from Fat 57%
    • Fat 46
    • Cholesterol 248
    • Protein 42
    • Carbohydrates 31
    • Fiber 3
    • Iron 3
    • Sodium 644
    • Calcium 179
    • Potassium 747