Chicken Gorgonzola a l’Orange

  • Yield: servings


6 boneless skinless uncooked chicken breasts
1/2teaspoon ground cayenne
2sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoons dried
1/2cup cider vinegar
1/4cup olive oil
2tablespoons Dijon style mustard
2tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4teaspoon salt
1cup gorgonzola cheese
1cup dried mission figlets
2tablespoons fig jam or pie filling
1cup orange juice
1/2cup chopped pecans
1tablespoon light brown Sugar
1/4teaspoon ground clove
9slices of orange for garnish


Place chicken in a 1 gallon freezer zip lock plastic bag. Mix cayenne, thyme, vinegar, oil, mustard, sugar and salt in a small bowl and combine well. Pour into bag with chicken and seal. Marinate chilled for 1/2 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F .Remove chicken and discard marinade. Slice a pocket across each chicken through center. Place even amounts of cheese into each pocket and place in a 9 x 12 shallow casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

While chicken bakes chop figlets into small pieces. In a small stock pan heat figlet pieces, orange juice, pecans, sugar and clove. Simmer on low for 25 minutes. . Remove chicken from oven and cover with foil to rest until sauce is ready.

Remove foil and use a spatula to place each breast on a dinner plate. Spoon even amounts of orange fig sauce over each breast. For garnish cut each orange slice in half then place 3 on each plate and fan out.
Serves 6. Prep time is 40 minutes. Cooking time is 35 minutes
Serving suggestions. Serve with roasted sweet potatoes and peas.