Monday, October 13, 2008

Recipes from the Twit Army Mess Hall - Chicken Stuffed with Almonds & Olives

4 boneless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole almonds with skins
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Pat chicken , Stuff the cavity where the bone was with 1 1/2 teaspoons olives, then season with salt and pepper and reroll the thigh (secure with toothpicks if necessary but I normally don't.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then toast almonds, stirring often, until a few shades darker, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a cutting board to cool (do not clean skillet).
Increase heat to moderately high, then add chicken to butter remaining in skillet and sprinkle with remaining olives. Sauté chicken browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn chicken breasts over and cook, covered, over moderate heat until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes more, then transfer with tongs to plates.
While chicken is cooking, chop almonds.
Add remaining tablespoon butter and 3 tablespoons water to skillet and heat, stirring, until butter is melted. Stir in almonds, parsley, and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken.

Serves 4

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