Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pecan Stuffed Chicken Thighs

02:43 Posted by Trevor Mehta ,
I love these stuffed pecan stuffed chicken thighs because they’re like mini-Thanksgiving turkeys! Except it’s not Thanksgiving. And this isn’t turkey. But you know what I mean! The flavorful pecan filling turns an ordinary weeknight meal into something special. I also make this recipe with chicken breasts or turkey breast tenderloins pounded flat with a mallet.


Pecan Stuffed Chicken Thighs

Pecan stuffed chicken thighs

STUFFING INGREDIENTS

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • ¾ cup chopped raw pecans
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 medium carrots, diced (about ¾ cup)
  • ¾ cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of poultry seasoning

CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • Butcher’s twine

FOR SERVING DAY

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Prep Day:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 TBSP coconut oil. 
  2. Add the remaining stuffing ingredients and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Set the skillet aside, and let the stuffing cool completely.
  4. On a large plate, lay the chicken thighs flat. 
  5. Spoon about ¼ cup of the stuffing (you may need less, depending on the size of your thighs) into each chicken thigh. Roll the thighs snugly over the stuffing, and tie them with butcher’s twine.
  6. Place the tied chicken thighs into 1-gallon freezer bags or a freezer container, being careful not to lose any of the filling, and freeze until needed.

Serving Day:

  1. Thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400°F.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in a greased 9” x 13” baking dish.
  4. Melt ¼ cup coconut oil, and pour it evenly over the chicken thighs.
  5. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake the chicken for 25-35 minutes or until cooked through. 
  7. If desired, you can broil the chicken for the last 5 minutes to brown the tops further.
  8. Can also serve  with paleo english muffins