Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Creamy Orange Sauce

 

The first time I tasted a blood orange I was twenty years old, a foreign student in France. My friends and I had decided to spend the Christmas holidays in Italy. We woke up to our first day in Rome and visited a tiny coffee bar. Everyone had glasses of blood orange juice next to steaming espresso and we were so enthused. Beautiful color and raspberry- tasting, this was Italia! The men flirted with and teased us, "You pretty American girls drink orange juice in America all day long!" ...Now mint is another story. I believe that mint's proper place lies in the bottom of my glass, slightly muddled, awaiting a luscious libation. Our garden is now full of mint in early spring, peppermint, spearmint, pineapple and chocolate. This recipe draws from two of my favorites, chicken breasts stuffed with Fontina, and chicken a la orange. The gremolata is a twist, substituting mint for parsely and blood orange zest over my favorite Meyer lemons.

What you will need

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 small slices of Greek feta

1 teaspoon fresh mint, chiffonnade

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil

kosher salt and ground white pepper

1 shallot, thinly sliced

1/2 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)

2 teaspoons fresh mint, minced

1 teaspoon blood orange zest

1/2 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh garlic

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