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Cherry Vanilla Chicken

Spice Islands®

Cherry Vanilla Chicken


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

4 servings


3/4 cup coarsely chopped, dried cherries

1/4 cup Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper

2 tablespoons Mazola® Pure Olive Oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1 cup dry white wine

1 tablespoon butter


Combine cherries and vanilla extract in a small bowl; soak for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts.  Cut a pocket in the thickest part of each breast.  Stuff about 1 to 2 tablespoons marinated cherries into each pocket reserving remaining cherries and vanilla for the sauce.  Secure each pocket with a wooden pick to close.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat.  Cook chicken until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes.  Turn and cook additional 4 to 5 minutes to brown other side.  Sprinkle chicken with rosemary.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken is at least 170°F.

Remove chicken to serving dish and remove picks.  Place skillet over medium-high heat.  Pour wine into skillet, scraping the bottom to deglaze.  Add butter and reserved cherries and vanilla.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly.  Serve with chicken.

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