Greek Yogurt Chicken

20200218_191136“Strong Greek flavors packed in one low calorie dish.”

Everything tastes like chicken except when your chicken tastes Greek.

Greek inspired flavors include herbs like mint and oregano which have the power to elevate even the most basic meats to something extraordinary. The same is true for this simple easy to make dish.

*Serves 2

What You’ll Need
• 2oz Crumbled feta cheese (at room temperature)
• 6oz Greek yogurt
• 2 Chicken breast (medium sized)
• 1/2 Tsp Dill (dried)
• 1 Tsp Mint for stuffing (dried)
• 1 Tsp Oregano for stuffing (dried)
• 1 Tsp Mint for frying (dried)
• 1 Tsp Oregano for frying (dried)
• Salt to taste
• Pepper to taste
• 1 Tbsp garlic powder or 1 – 2 garlic cloves (diced thin)
• 1 Tbsp olive oil (medium blend, or one for saute; for chicken)
• 1 Tbsp olive oil (medium blend, or one for saute; for asparagus)
• 1 Bunch asparagus

Tools You’ll Need
• A Mixing bowl
• Paring knife
• 2 Nonstick skillets or pans (one for asparagus and one for chicken)
• Pot for parboiling asparagus

* BEFORE COOKING… SOME PRO TIPS!!!*
*PRO TIP #1*
Think of the chicken breasts like pita pockets. You’ll need to filet the breasts so that they may be stuffed. Like a taco shell, the chicken breasts will need to be cut in a way where the sides and back are maintained so that you can flip them and keep the filling inside. Make pita pockets; not sandwiches.

*PRO TIP #2*
These are tough to flip and I’ve got a recommended method for ya. Using a spatula (or as I like to say “flatula”) flip the stuffed chicken from the open slot and NOT the other end. The technique I like to use is to push the flatula underneath the open end as far as it will go and then use a fork or other utensil to ensure the entire chicken is weighted evenly and then gently “roll” the chicken breast over. You can also use the edge of the pan as leverage. Do this carefully so that the stuffing doesn’t spill out.

*PRO TIP #3*
The beer will thin down the dip. Add more for a thinner dip and less for a thicker dip. But be aware that the more beer you add, the more stronger the beer taste will be. This is why the pairing is so important. Stronger beers will typically yield a thicker recipe, because you will want to use less beer. Keep that in mind when choosing a companion beer to your cheese.

What to Do
1. Mix the feta, yogurt, dill, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp mint and dill in a mixing bowl. Combine so that ingredients are fully mixed.
2. Make slits in the chicken longways being careful to not cut all the way through. If possible, try to keep some of the sides intact as well. Then stuff each breast with half the yogurt / feta mix.
3. Preheat 1 tbsp olive oil in the skillet or pan you will use to cook the chicken on medium heat.
4. Once the oil is heated (when the oil slides easily in the pan) add the remaining oregano and mint with the salt and pepper and stir to coat the pan so that all ingredients are evenly mixed.
5. Turn the heat to medium-high, and add the chicken breasts. Cook the first side for one minute, then flip and cook the second side for one minute to get a nice sear to lock in the spices, then turn the heat to a medium-low. Try to keep the stuffing in the chicken. Some will spill out regardless. Keep repacking the chicken as needed.
6. Start some water to boil in the pot for the asparagus, and wait for the water to boil.
7. Cook the chicken for around 8 minutes at the lower heat. Once again, if any stuffing spills out, add it back to the chicken.
8. Meanwhile, add the asparagus, and set a timer for 7 – 8 minutes (7 for a firmer asparagus; 8 for a more tender asparagus). Go ahead and start a pan with the additional olive oil and garlic on a low heat.
9. When the asparagus timer is done, flip the chicken and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
10. Strain the asparagus and add to the pan for frying the asparagus with the seasoned olive oil and garlic and set a timer for 3 minutes. Be sure to keep the asparagus stirred and moving so that it does not stick, and remove from heat once the timer is done.
11. Depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts, you may need to flip the chicken again. Additional cook time may be needed. Continue to monitor the chicken until it is done. If this is the case, be sure to keep the asparagus warm and away from direct heat until the chicken is fully cooked. If there is any stuffing spilling out, gently brown the mixture and set aside in the pan.
12. EAT TIME!!! Plate it, and garnish with some of the fried cheese and yogurt mix.

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