Whether you are cooking for two or for 200, healthy nutritious meals are always in demand. Army chef Travis Smith, the captain of the United States Army Culinary Arts Team in Fort Lee, Virginia, recently won gold medals and the world championship for military catering at the 2000 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. He shares his recipe for chicken with apple roast below.
NEW YORK CHICKEN AND APPLE ROAST Travis Smith
Lay breasts skin side down, clean the excess skin and shape into teardrops with a boning knife. From the thick end pierce the breast directly beneath the skin, straight in to the tip of the breast making a pocket. Be careful not to poke through the flesh while making pocket. Pocket should extend the length of the breast.
Sauté shallots and leeks in 3-Tablespoons butter until tender. Add herbs, deglaze pan with Apple Brandy, and add 3-ounce cream, reduce until thickened, cool.
Prepare forcemeat: Place liver and ground chicken in food processor; process until smooth. Add 5-ounce cream, mix well. Add leek and shallot mixture, and season to taste with spice mixture.
Using a pastry tube, pipe approximately 2 Tablespoons of forcemeat into each chicken breast pocket.
In a sauté pan, reduce apple cider by 1/2 over moderate heat. Add ground herbs and whip in cold butter to make a basting sauce.
Brown chicken breast in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, place in a 400-degree oven. Baste with sauce every 10 minutes; cook until internal temperature
reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Travis Smith is the captain of the United States Army Culinary Arts Team, at Fort Lee, Virginia. He recently won gold medals in both hot and cold food and the world championship for military catering at the 2000 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.