Capo’s Chicken with sweet pecan mustard glaze

I started my college career at Emory University in Atlanta. Not really knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up, I knew that a school with a strong science department was a good place to start.

I used to love to go to a little restaurant in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta called Capo’s café.  They had the most amazing chicken stuffed with cream cheese and served with a sweet and savory pecan mustard sauce.

So, I thought I would share my version of this recipe with you.  Although a fairly decadent  recipe, I always try to tweak all my recipes for better health without compromising the flavor. I think you’ll like this one.

Be sure to have some good quality mustard, pecans and a bit of brown sugar on hand for this recipe.

This recipe calls for cream cheese, of course, use lowfat (Neufenchel Cheese) BUT for many of my blog followers that are super sensitive to lactose, try making your own lactose free ‘cream cheese’. {It’s quite easy, really, you just need a little time} Recipe to follow.  But this small amount of cream cheese should be tolerated for those with lactose intolerance.

First pound the chicken breast.  This part is essential as you want the chicken to be quite thin so that it will cook quickly.

Then place a dollop of cream cheese in the middle of the flattened chicken piece.

Roll up the chicken and secure with toothpicks.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter, place the chicken pieces in the skillet and let them brown up a bit,  About 2 minutes on each side.

Using tongs to flip the chicken is the easiest way to handle these little guys.  Turn carefully to ensure the cream cheese stays tucked inside the chicken.

When the chicken is all browned up, add in some butter, brown sugar, mustard, and pecans stirring until ingredients combine.

YUM!  Full recipe below.

So…do you want to try to make some lactose free cream cheese?

First purchase a tub of Green Valley Lactose Free plain yogurt or alternative lactose free yogurt.

Place the yogurt into a  strainer lined with cheese cloth and put the strainer on top of a small bowl or cup to catch the liquid that will escape through the cheese cloth. As the liquid leaves the yogurt, the ‘cheese’ begins to form. Place the yogurt and strainer in the fridge to strain away for about 3 hours.

Cheese cloth is a meshy cloth that you can find at most grocer’s or kitchen stores.

After the 3 hours, remove the cheese cloth and slowly roll out your newly made cheese.  Use this cheese in this recipe or in other recipes that call for cream cheese.

Here’s my homemade lactose free cream cheese!

Capo’s Chicken with sweet pecan mustard glaze

Ingredients

  • Serves 4
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 4 thin cutlets and then pounded to 1/4 in thickness
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light cream cheese, at room temp {or your newly made lactose free 'cream cheese'}
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place a dollop of cream cheese in the middle of each chicken breast and then roll up jelly roll style and secure with tooth picks.
  2. In medium skillet, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil and add chicken.
  3. Cook chicken for about 2-3 minutes on each side until browned and turn over using tongs carefully to keep filling inside the chicken.
  4. Place skillet cover over chicken and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until thoroughly cooked, turning once.
  5. Remove cover and add residual 1 tablespoon butter, brown sugar, mustard and pecans stirring to blend.
  6. Remove toothpicks from chicken [kinda important! Ha! 🙂 ]
  7. Serve chicken and top with a spoonful of pecan mustard sauce.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2012/01/24/capos-chicken-with-sweet-pecan-mustard-glaze/

This recipe is FODMAPs Friendly and Gluten free if you use GF mustard such as Maille brand  & use the lactose free cream cheese if suffer from severe lactose intolerance.

 

 

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