Cape Cod Cranberry Stuffed Chicken is a delicious meal inspired by Fall in New England! Make this for dinner tonight!
Just about a year ago, Martha and I attended our niece Vanessa’s wedding, on a gorgeous Fall weekend in Western Massachusetts. It was a beautiful celebration with family and friends – and the food was delicious too!
For our entree, we ordered a dish called Cape Cod Chicken – and it was so good, it inspired our recipe today. A simple cranberry-infused bread stuffing was rolled up inside chicken breasts that were first pounded flat (basically a roulade). Then the stuffed chicken roll was browned and baked in a creamy chicken sauce.
It was a very simple dish, expertly prepared, and the addition of cranberries to the stuffing (a nod to the natively grown fruit from Southeastern Massachusetts/Cape Cod) made it deliciously unique.
After we came home from the wedding, we attempted to recreate that delicious stuffed chicken breast recipe ourselves – and I think we nailed it!
This Cape Cod Cranberry Stuffed Chicken has the same tender, juicy chicken rolled around a savory stuffing with a hint of tart-sweetness in every bite from chopped dried cranberries.
We served our Cape Cod Cranberry Stuffed Chicken over a bed of Cranberry Rice Pilaf with a creamy brown gravy over the top. We think you’ll love this dish too. It’s elegant enough for a special occasion (like a wedding or anniversary dinner) but easy enough to prepare any night of the week.
You may enjoy these other chicken recipes:
- Greek Chicken Roulade
- Apple Cider Chicken
- Ruby Red Grapefruit and Cranberry Chicken
- Chicken a la King
- Easy Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (either four 8-ounce breasts or two 1-pound breasts)
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup onions, diced fine
½ cup celery, diced fine
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup dried cranberries
½ teaspoon celery salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup chick stock, divided
½ cup heavy cream, divided
3 slices white or wheat bread, no crusts
2 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 ½ tablespoons flour
Pan liquid after cooking chicken
2 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce
Salt and pepper, as needed
Prepared Cranberry Rice Pilaf, for serving
If using two one-pound breasts, butterfly the breast open then pound to ¼ inch thick. Once pounded, cut into two equal pieces. Repeat for second breast yielding four pieces.
If using 8-ounce breasts, pound each to ¼ inch. The pounded-out breasts should be about eight inches long and six or seven inches wide.
Keep refrigerated until later.
In a large saute pan or skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and once melted and frothy, add onions, celery, garlic and dried cranberries and saute for five minutes. Add celery salt, pepper and poultry seasoning and stir.
Add half of the stock and half of the cream and once hot, reduce to low and add bread and cranberry sauce and stir and mix to break up the bread and melt the cranberry sauce.
Mixture should be soft and spreadable. If not, add more bread or stock to get correct consistency.
Taste and season more if needed.
Pour out onto a large dish and refrigerate to cool.
Wash and dry the pan out and set back on the stove for later.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Once the filling is cool, lay out one pounded breast and run one quarter of the filling from one end to the other, keeping an inch free along one outer long edge. *
Start with the free edge away from you and roll the chicken over the filling and end on the free edge.
Repeat for the remaining filling and chicken.
Turn each over one at a time and using toothpicks, close the seam by piercing through one side to the other. I ran 8-10 toothpicks through each roll.
In the large skillet over medium heat, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter along with the two tablespoons of olive oil.
Once hot, add chicken seam side down and brown. Using a long spatula, like a fish turner, flip each roll over and brown the other side. I cooked mine for about three minutes per side.
Add remaining stock and cream into the pan and over the chicken, cover and place in the preheated oven for five minutes. Remove cover and cook five more minutes then remove.
While chicken is cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat and once melted, add flour and cook over low for about three minutes stirring with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be slightly tan in color and no longer smell like raw flour. Set this aside off heat.
Once the chicken is out of the oven, transfer to a clean cutting board and pour all liquid (and any stuffing pieces that fell out) into the pan with the butter flour mixture, whisking vigorously. Return heat to medium heat and add gravy color and cranberry sauce and whisk again. Taste and only add salt and pepper if needed.
Slice the chicken rolls into thick slices and serve with the sauce over our Cranberry Rice Pilaf.
If there is too much filling to roll tight, just hold some back. There are no raw eggs in the stuffing so any leftovers can be eaten.
Keywords: stuffed chicken breast recipe, Cape Cod