Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Truffle Butter
- Truffle Butter:
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons white truffle oil (or truffle trimmings, or shaved fresh truffle)
- Pinch fleur de sel or kosher salt
- 4 (6 to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons very finely grated Parmesan
- 3 tablespoons clarified butter or vegetable oil, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 ounces fresh baby spinach
In a bowl, cream together the butter with the truffle oil and fleur de sel. Divide the butter into 4 equal amounts and place each on a piece of plastic wrap. Mold each into a plug the size of a small finger and wrap tightly. Refrigerate until firm before using. (Can be refrigerated for up to 1 week and frozen for up to 1 month before use.)
Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound the breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness, being careful not to tear the meat. Remove the top piece of the plastic wrap and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Insert 1 plug of truffle butter in the center of each breast. Roll the meat up and over to completely enclose the butter. Secure the meat with a toothpick.
In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs and water. In another bowl, place the flour and lightly season with salt and white pepper. In a third bowl, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan and lightly season with salt and white pepper. One at a time, turn the stuffed chicken breasts in the flour to lightly coat, shaking to remove any excess. Dip in the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip off, then dredge in the bread crumbs to coat completely. Refrigerate until very cold, at least 30 minutes or until ready to cook.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat 3 tablespoons of the clarified butter in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook, turning, until browned on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes.
Place in the oven to finish cooking, about 12 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of clarified butter over medium-high heat.
Add the shallots, red pepper flakes, and garlic and cook, stirring, until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Lightly season with salt and remove from the heat.
Remove the chicken from the oven. Place 1 chicken breast on each of 4 plates and arrange the spinach around the sides.
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2003
Recipe courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp