Smothered Chicken Breasts
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Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 gr. / 25 oz. chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 red Florina pepper (you can use any red pepper you like), sliced
  • 4 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • ½ cup Brandy
  • Paprika, cayenne, dried oregano, dried basil
  • Salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (you can use fresh 1 or 2 cloves minced are ok)
  • Marsala wine – 2 tbsp for each half breast (I will explain this later)
  • Parchment paper
  • Grated Emmental, parmigiano, graviera (gruyere is almost the same. The quantity of each one is basically up to you, but I will give you a rough estimate later)
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise.
  2. That means that you will have 8 pieces.
  3. In a skillet put the peppers and onion on medium heat and sauté for a few minutes.
  4. Add salt, pinch of paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder.
  5. Add the brandy and flambé.
  6. Flambé means to put fire on the skillet.
  7. In this way the alcohol is burnt.
  8. I do not recommend this method, unless you have done it before and you are familiar with that.
  9. You can skip this step and just let the alcohol evaporate as it is cooked.
  10. Anyway, after that, just lower the heat to low and let the onions and peppers caramelize.
  11. This will take around 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  13. Cut so many pieces of parchment paper as the number of the breasts.
  14. In my case I cut 8 pieces.
  15. Now each piece should be big enough to put the breast in it and cover and make it like a package (see pictures).
  16. When the onions and peppers are ready take a piece of parchment paper and put 1 tbsp of Marsala wine, place the breast above it.
  17. Add salt, pinch of paprika, dried oregano, dried basil, cayenne pepper.
  18. On top, place one spoonful of the onion-pepper mix and add another 1 tbsp of Marsala wine.
  19. Close the package and place it on a pan.
  20. You do the same for the rest of the breasts.
  21. Put them in the oven and let them bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
  22. Check them regularly as we do not want them to be burnt.
  23. When they are ready, discard the parchment papers and place a new parchment paper in the same or in another pan.
  24. Take the breasts and place them on it.
  25. Add the cheese couple of tbsp are enough.
  26. Turn on the broiler and put it back in.
  27. Let it broil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  28. Check it out regularly, because it can be burnt in no time.
  29. Once the cheese has melted and turned a little bit golden, take them out of the oven.
  30. I served them with boiled zucchini, baby carrots and broccoli.
  31. All these I made them in my steam-cooker. Enjoy it!
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