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Parsley Stuffed Chicken with Capers and White Wine

Updated on September 14, 2011
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Parsley Stuffed Chicken

Parsley stuffed chicken with capers and white wine--just the dish to please both palette and whim.
Parsley stuffed chicken with capers and white wine--just the dish to please both palette and whim. | Source

What’s for dinner? Chicken, quite naturally. That’s often my meat of choice, given the fact that there are endless things you can do to it and it will often turn out well. Oh well...give and take but on the whole, it's hard to ruin a chicken dish. It’s rather accommodating , you may say. Broil, grill, pan-fry, stir-fry, steam, bake or put it in soup—chicken never fails to deliver. It’s also rather friendly to herbs, spices and any seasonings you may have at hand. It’s not fussy like fish or duck and it doesn’t ooze unwanted fat. That’s an important consideration if you’re looking to cut back on red meats or meats with unhealthy saturated fats. It's the white meat health authorities would approve and here are some good reasons for it.

  • Chicken delivers about 78 percent protein and it’s identified as the healthiest and leanest choice besides fish, shellfish, turkey, egg whites and low fat or low-dairy products. It provides the body with building materials to build strong muscles and bones. This is especially important for older people as various studies have shown how a reduced intake of protein can cause bone loss.
  • Rich sources of vitamin B6. This water-soluble vitamin supports energy metabolism in the body. It helps to break down proteins and maintain the health of red blood cells, the nervous system and parts of the immune system according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, vitamin B6 reduces the built-up of homocysteine, known to cause damage to blood vessels which may increase risks of cardiovascular diseases.
  • A four-ounce serving of chicken can supply up to 72 percent of the daily niacin needs. Niacin or vitamin B3 contributes to energy production in cells. Adequate niacin ensures healthy skin, nervous system and digestive system. Research reveals that niacin-rich foods can protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.
  • Selenium may be a trace mineral, but it plays a pivotal role in several metabolic functions. It improves thyroid hormone metabolism and boosts the immune system. Various studies on animal models suggest a strong correlation between inadequate selenium intake and cancer incidences since selenium is involved in DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. Thankfully, chicken is rich in selenium.


Chicken has a lot to offer in terms of health benefits but what if gets mundane for you—chicken with salt and pepper and nothing else? What if you feel like casting a gourmet clout over your dinner tonight? Why not try Parsley Stuffed Chicken with Capers and White Wine?

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Slices of Muenster or Harvati cheese
  • ½ cup of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • A handful of capers

Seasoning

  • Ground red pepper
  • Pepper
  • Garlic salt or sea salt
  • White wine

Directions:

Clean 4 chicken breasts and slice them length-wise so they unfold like a butterfly. Whack both sides of chicken with the back of the chopper (in lieu of the meat mallet) to make the meat more tender.

Season both sides of the chicken with ground red pepper, regular pepper and salt.

Ground red pepper adds a dash of spice and color.
Ground red pepper adds a dash of spice and color. | Source
You may also use shredded cheese of your choice.
You may also use shredded cheese of your choice. | Source

Put one layer of cheese on top of unfolded chicken. I've chosen Muenster (that's what I've in my fridge but you can choose your favorite cheese). The cheese not only add an interesting dimension to the dish, it also serves to glue the parsley to the chicken.

Add one layer of chopped parsley. For added flavor, you can choose to season it lightly with salt and pepper. I highly recommend that.

You can chop the parsley finely by hand ( I did 'cos I always enjoy chopping things) but you can easily use a chopper to do the job.
You can chop the parsley finely by hand ( I did 'cos I always enjoy chopping things) but you can easily use a chopper to do the job. | Source
You can use a toothpick to hold the two sides of the chicken together. I didn't bother as the cheese can do just that.
You can use a toothpick to hold the two sides of the chicken together. I didn't bother as the cheese can do just that. | Source


Fold one flab of chicken over the other, so layer of cheese and parsley are in between.

Lay them in baking dish. You can top them with a sprinkling of chopped parsley if you love color appeal.

Sprinkle with capers and add a drizzle of white wine.

Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 15 minutes and then broil for 5 minutes to brown top.

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All Ready to Serve

The tangy lemony capers tango with the dry crisp taste of white wine to elevate flavor.
The tangy lemony capers tango with the dry crisp taste of white wine to elevate flavor. | Source

You can serve the parsley stuffed chicken with a side of rice pilaf, pasta or baked potato. Complete the meal with a salad or greens.

Health Tip: It's easy to eat more when the food is delicious. Here's a quick trick for portion control--the basic rule for healthy eating. Mentally divide the plate into quarters. Two-quarters or half the plate should be designated to vegetables and one quarter to carbohydrates and the remaining quarter to protein. You score if you choose whole grains for carbs.

Enjoy!


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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    carol, good to see you here. You'll love this if you love cheese n capers. I'm a great caper fan as well. Thanks for commenting.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I love the cheese, capers etc. I try to use them in different dishes as I love the strong flavor. Thanks for sharing this great recipe and also good photos. Voted UP.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Victoria, I love capers too and will often find reasons to use them. Thanks for your nice comments.

    Angela, this dish is very yummy and I'm not just saying 'cos I wrote the hub. If my finicky daughter loves it, then most people will too. Thanks for commenting.

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    Angela Brummer 6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    Oh please god grant me the oportunity the savor this delight soon! I am drewling! Beautiful hub!

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    Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    this looks delicious! I love capers and have been trying to use them more. Saving this recipe. Sharing, too!

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Koffeeklatch Gals, thanks for the positive feedback. Cheers!

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    Susan Hazelton 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great recipe. It looks so delicious. I love the step by tep pictures.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Jill, so happy to see you here. When the mood strikes, you know where to find a chicken recipe. I know, sometimes, it's easier to eat out, especially when you're in Asia where food is cheap and readily available. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

    Hi Angeline,

    Just dropped by today and saw I have a lot to catch up on. Sorry I have not visited as often as before. Been busy elsewhere.

    We always have chicken in the house but have not tried this recipe yet. I think I'll try it when I'm in the mood to cook again (which is not often really, haha!).

    Yummy looking hub!

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Lady E, good to see u. Thanks for your lovely commet. Care to come over for dinner?

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Om, looks like you can cook in my kitchen--I always have chicken in my fridge too. Thanks for dropping by to put a smile on my face with your kind words. Thanks and congrats on your hair feature today.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Awesome recipe. Very appetizing pictures. Chicken is my bf's favorite choice of meat, too. So we always have chicken in our fridge. I'll give your recipe a try for sure. Rated awesome but I wish there was a "mouth watering" button to click on. :)

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Haha, ingenira, you're too sweet. Me? Open a restaurant?--I think I lack motivation and I always tell people who suggest that--cooking is only enjoyable if you cook for fun, not as a living. Good to see you--I know you're a good cook too:)

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    mvillecat, thanks for commenting.

    Tom hellert, the good thing about cooking, you can always substitute. If you don't like capers, try sun-dried tomatoes. If you don't like sun-dried tomatoes, try some fresh basil--endless possibilies. Glad to see you here and thanks for commenting.

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Hypotherapy Guru, thanks for your comments.

    Redelf, good to see you. Your family will love it!

    Cyndi, I know that feeling. I feel the same way with baking. This recipe is relatively easy and if you make a big portion, you can eat for a couple of days. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Oh this is a heavenly dish. I bet your friends love coming round yours for dinner.

    Great Recipe and I love the ingredients. I also ike the fact that you added what it can be served with. :)

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    Ingenira 6 years ago

    You are indeed a super cook, if only you can open a restaurant and for us to savour your cooking.

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home

    It all sounds good except the Capers...Not a fan of capers but- i gotta say the rest sounds good n yummy

    Keep up the good recipes - i gotta go eat now...

    TH

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    Catherine Dean 6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

    Looks great! Fantastic photos and simple descriptions.

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    Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

    That looks great and not too difficult. I like all the ingredients listed. Cooking is not particularly high on my lists of interests but when a great looking recipe comes along, I'm ready to get in the kitchen.

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    RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

    This looks amazing. Wonderful photos - can't wait to try this recipe with my family.

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    Hypnotherapy-Guru 6 years ago from Idaho

    Looks so delicious!

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