Feta & Kale Stuffed Chicken with
Spicy Tomato Sauce over Warm Barley Salad

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This recipe is from a cooking class I led for Main Line Today!

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  • Ingredients for Tomato Sauce:
    • 2 – 24 oz jars or cans of crushed or pureed tomatoes
    • 1 head garlic, chopped
    • 2 sweet onions, diced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 1 cup olives (any kind!) I used kalamata
    • 1/4 cup capers
    • 1 tsp each: oregano, basil, parsley
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Ingredients for Chicken
    • 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts (plant-based option: 1 eggplant)
    • 2 cups chicken or veggie broth
    • 4 oz feta cheese (or goat cheese)
    • 1 lb frozen kale (or spinach), thawed
    • 1 lemon
    • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
    • garlic (from the head used for tomato sauce)
    • salt and black pepper
    • olive oil
  • Ingredients for Barley
    • 1-2 cups barley, uncooked
    • 1 lemon
    • parsley (from the bunch used for chicken)
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • olive oil
    • garlic (from the head used for tomato sauce)
    • fresh pecorino romano cheese for topping

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  • Instructions:
    • In a small sauce pan, combine barley with water. Follow instructions from the barley package. 
    • Cut twine.
    • Get two mixing bowls: 1 for chicken filling and 1 for barley. 
    • Divide parsley in half and add to the mixing bowls.
    • Add olive oil (not EVOO) to a dutch oven or sauce pan over low heat. Add diced onions. When onions are cooked, put a small amount in the bowl for filling.
    • Add carrots to the pot and simmer.
    • Add half of the garlic to the pot and the other half to the chicken filling.
    • Add tomatoes to the pot. Then add salt, pepper, and dried spices. 
    • Mix, cover, and let simmer.
    • When sauce starts to boil, decrease heat to low and add olives and capers. Cover and continue to simmer.
    • Add feta, kale, lemon zest, salt, and pepper to the chicken stuffing bowl.
    • Cover a cutting board with wax paper. Cut off 2-3 more pieces of wax paper and place off to the side.
    • Place chicken on cutting board. Use a rolling pin to flatten chicken to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Be careful not to break it in pieces. 
    • Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan you will use for the chicken. 
    • Season each side of the chicken with salt and pepper. Put 2 pieces of twine under each piece of chicken. Add filling. Roll chicken and tie with twine.
    • Place chicken in the pan and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes.
    • Add water or broth. Cover until it cooks through (reaches 160 F.)
    • Mix lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley to make the dressing for the barley. When the barley is done, add the dressing, mix, and let sit.
    • Place chicken on a plate. Top with sauce. Add barley. EAT and ENJOY!

Bon Appetit!

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