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Can chicken be special enough for entertaining?

Dear Cooks,

 With the economy the way it is, there won’t be a special Christmas dinner at our house this year. I’m going to use what we have in the freezer to make ends meet. I was thinking about something with chicken breast. Do you have any good ideas?

Thank you,

Carolyn

Dear Carolyn,

We are all in the same boat this year as far as cutting back on holiday spending and entertaining. The good news is you can still make a fabulous, delicious and festive dinner featuring our good friend the chicken breast. The great thing about chicken is that if you use it as your base, just one or two special ingredients that aren’t necessarily expensive (like bacon, puff pastry or a good parmesan cheese) can transform your meal into something special. Serve a nice green salad on the side with some fresh bread and you have a wonderful meal.

Here are just some of Rachael’s chicken recipes that fit the bill:

Chicken Cutlets Brasciole

 (serve with pasta on the side),

Parmegiano-Reggiano-Crusted Chicken Picatta

,

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Blue Cheese and Pecans

,

Love Birds – Chicken in Pastry

 or

Chicken in a Love Nest with Asparagus Almondine

,

Chutney and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Smashed BLTPs

,

Lemon Cream Chicken wqith Champagne Risotto

 and Asparagus,

Chicken Scarpariello

, or

Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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