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Almond Chicken with Peaches and Roquefort

As a lifestyle blogger and absolute foodie, I’m always trying different cuisines and creating innovative food experiences at home. Interestingly enough, I’ve eaten just about every type of food from all the major food groups but whether I’m at home or on the go, chicken is indeed one of my staple foods. Here’s one of my favorite out of the box chicken recipes.

What You Need

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 unpeeled peaches, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1/4 of cup whipping (35 percent) cream
  • 2 tablespoons of crumbled Roquefort or Gorgonzola cheese

How To Prepare

Place the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound them to an even thickness of about 1/4 of an inch. Dredge in the flour mixed with about 1/4 a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Dip each breast in the beatened egg and coat them with almonds.

In a large skillet, heat half of the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and then cook each side for about 5 minutes, turning once, until they’re golden and no longer pink inside. Remove the breasts to a warm platter and keep them warm.

Sauce

Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat it over medium heat. Add the peaches and then cook the mixture for 1 minute (Note: If peaches aren’t in season you can substitute two small pears, cored and sliced). Stir in the wine, bring it to a boil, and continue cooking the mixture for about 3 minutes to reduce.

Finally, stir in the cream, cheese, and then add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook the sauce, stirring until it thickens. Spoon the sauce around the chicken prior to serving.

That’s it!

In and of itself, chicken is an extremely potent source of protein and essential B-vitamins like niacin and vitamin B6. In fact, a single four-ounce serving of chicken contains over 25 grams of protein and supplies nearly a day’s worth niacin. While protein supports a healthy metabolism and greatly promotes muscle maintenance, niacin and other B-vitamins help the extract usable energy from food.

Related Article: Micronutrients: The Nutritional Building Blocks for Good Health

A wholesome combination of deliciously sweet peaches and heart-healthy almonds, this absolutely delectable recipe makes four servings of approximately 450-475 calories each. Although relatively high in calories, it’s exceptionally rich in high-quality protein and good fats. Bon Appétit!

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Recipe courtesy of “125 Best Chicken Recipes” by Rose Murray © 2014 www.robertrose.ca. Reprinted with publisher permission.

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