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Cranberry Chicken Focaccia Recipe

Cranberry Chicken Focaccia Recipe

“This recipe takes chicken to new heights. Combining some of our favorite ingredients, it’s a real hit with everyone I serve it to. Try it; you’ll love it!” Charlene Chambers - Ormond Beach, FL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup orange segments
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 loaf (12 ounces) focaccia bread, split
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 3 large lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • 1. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from each chicken breast to form a pocket. Place thyme sprigs under the skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°.
  • 2. Set chicken aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and slice chicken. Place the cranberries, orange segments and sugar in a small food processor; cover and process until blended.
  • 3. Layer bread bottom with cheese, lettuce, cranberry mixture, chicken and pecans; replace top. Cut into six wedges. Yield: 6 servings.